My iPhone Setup

I just finally activated my Google Voice account today. I’m pretty happy with the setup right now. The bottom line is:

  • I get a notification on my iPhone for all e-mails, voicemails (transcribed), text messages (free), IMs, and twitter replies and DMs
  • I can e-mail, text message, IM, or tweet back from the iPhone

Here’s the setup:

  • My personal e-mail address is a POP account with my ISP. I have it set up to forward to my gmail account, so I get IMAP support. But I also have a backup of the e-mails stored locally in case something goes wrong with gmail.
  • My Google Voice account is set up to transcribe voicemails, and then send voicemail transcriptions and text messages to my gmail account. Gmail is set to filter these messages and automatically put them in a VM or SMS folder.
  • My gmail account forwards all e-mails to my PushMail e-mail account – this is an iPhone app that will show push notifications on my iPhone with sender/subject/title/body etc. By contrast, using the iPhone mail app to do push only buzzes and updates the app’s icon – it doesn’t show a notification with the contents.
  • Meanwhile, I use IM+ as an iPhone IM client. It supports most IM services, and also does push notifications when receiving IMs.
  • I use Tweetie 2 as my iPhone twitter client. It’s great, but unfortunately it doesn’t support global push notifications for all mentions and DMs. So, instead, I use IM+’s Twitter push support – IM+ notifies me when I receive a mention or DM, and then I read/reply in Tweetie.

2 Responses to My iPhone Setup

  1. Ashley Lane says:

    Do you have your phone setup to dial out using your google number? that seems to be my biggest struggle…. well… getting it to dial out using the google number easily and quickly.

    • Josh Justice says:

      To dial out, you have to dial from the Google Voice webapp. If you have your contacts sync’d to Gmail, they all show up in there, so it’s not so bad. I just got that sync’ing set up on my Mac. May be different on Windows.

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