Google Voice now supports MMS sent by T-Mobile subscribers


If there’s one service I’ve been intensely jealous of watching the U.S. mobile scene from the UK, it’s Google Voice. And, although Google hasn’t really been paying much attention to it recently, it’s nice to know the service is becoming more useful to more people. However unintuitive the added new features might seem, they are – at least – something.

Last week, Google announced that its Voice service would be adding support for MMS. Essentially, users can send picture messages to a Google Voice number and have their pictures end up in their contact’s email inbox to view at any time. Sprint allowed its users to make use of this functionality already, and now, T-Mobile has joined in.

Edit – Just thought you guys would like to see the original post by Alex Wiesen on his G+ profile, published a couple of hours ago:

“Last week +Nikhyl Singhal   announced MMS support is coming to Google Voice. We’re happy to announce this week another step towards improving MMS support for Google Voice. T-Mobile has allowed MMS messages from their users to be sent to Google Voice users. Similar to MMS messages from Sprint users, these messages will appear in Gmail, and you can be notified of the message via SMS. We continue to work with other carriers to broaden support for messaging and bring MMS to Hangouts. More good things are coming!”

If any of you have contacts using Google Voice, send them an MMS and let us know if/how it works and if its something you find useful.

Via: AndroidPolice

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  • It’s clunky as hell, but it works…

    You get a sms notification on your GVoice number “MMS Received” – then you get an email in your GMail with the picture attached…

  • Nick Cannon

    Received Google Voice MMS from Virgin Mobile user today. I have T-Mobile.

  • James Lazaro Rumohr

    Well too late now, now that T-Mobile offers free sms/mms to our main phone numbers…

    • ChristianMcC

      But just wait for when google is a VoIP/cell internet provider. Then it will be useful!

  • eric

    sigh..i just want to port my number to google voice via that too much to ask?? (and no google voice wont let me port my number as they dont port hawaii or alaska numbers)

    • ChristianMcC

      It doesn’t work in the continental USA, either. It’s a T-Mobile thing, too. I’d need to port my number to another carrier to do this, and then to GV.

  • Christina Hawthorne

    i know i received an MMS/email back in april 2013 without knowing it worked & the sender not knowing that i used a google voice number that didn’t support MMS. why is this just being announced?

    • Christina Hawthorne

      this happened in march 2013*

      • 4GGGG

        Odd, I know I tried it once about a year ago. It worked then. I assumed it always worked. I really use my GV tel for voice calls, but yeah. The mms was sent from a sprint user. Maybe cam is suggesting people on T-Mobile sending mms to GV number wil now be able to do so, and their mms will now be received by that GV user. People on T-Mobile should test to a GV number if that’s the case.

        • Cam Bunton

          Yes, that’s exactly how I understand it to be. I think the MMS service has been around a little while now, but, this is specifically for people sending MMS from T-Mobile to a GV user.

        • Isidro Cunningham

          I was thinking the same thing. It was brought to me attention that if you received a mms from a Sprint or Boost customer, you would receive the message. So check to see if the senders were either Sprint or Boost customers.

  • Randy McCamman

    Ya via email, not the app though

  • Philip Totaro

    I tried sending MMS from my T-Mo to my GV and the text came through as regular SMS, then pic attachment came to Gmail, but delayed by 90 seconds or so.

    • Cam Bunton

      Good that it works, but weird/unintuitive execution. Google and the carriers need to get together and make this a lot smoother if people are going to care about it.

      • taron19119

        How do I send you links

      • guest

        Cam, these carriers in the states still sell MMS/text messages packs along with plans. I doubt its profitable for them to support it or care. Sucks for us. Think of the micro transactions in mobile gaming… Same thing. They like to nickel and dime us as we say here lol! Also, welcome to tmonews! I’m looking forward to your work here and good luck! David’s got some big shoes to fill… For sure!

        • Cam Bunton

          They do the same in the UK. It’s frustrating that they still charge for MMS separately from texts/data.

        • guest

          I know it stinks lol! I ended up getting an unlimited plan so im good now. It had gotten to the point were i was begging people to use email instead of text hahaha! I remember back around 2005 reading about European carriers charging for data packs as well and being confused. That was when tmousa only had GPRS/EDGE while the Euros were rocking UMTS. I was so jealous of some of the other US carriers bringing out 3G. I totally get now that they had to pay for those shiny new UMTS/EVDO networks. Ahhh the good old days! Now we all have data packs :( I’m holding on to my unlimited until I drop dead lol!

  • taron19119

    @CamBunton how do I send links to

    • ChristianMcC

      You want to share a tip/leak? You should still be able to do it from the any page by clicking the menu in the top left and clicking “submit news”. Also works, too.

    • Cam Bunton

      Email me: cam[at]tmonews[dot]com or use the “submit news” form.

  • steveb944

    Now if only the rest of the carriers got on board so I don’t have to ask “what carrier are you on?”.

  • Adrayven

    Official notice from Google should read “Welcome Alpha Testers!”

  • eClipse

    People still use MMS? I hate those things – just send me an email!

    • guest

      I agree dude! I’m so sick of freaking texts and MMS when everyone has a smartphone and instantaneous email access. Drives me insane! Lol

  • Cheezenub

    I just tried sending to my GV number and sending from my GV number to my TMO number. Worked both ways in the messaging app. Yes I got a notification in my gmail account and in my GV inbox upon receipt of the pic msg to the GV number, buit I expected those two notifications. Worked fine for me

  • PhoenixPath

    That’s great! Now all we need is for TMob to actually fully support, ya know, maybe … Google Voice?

  • Dave

    What we really need is for Apple to finally implement wifi calling. That would seamlessly integrate our mobile numbers with wifi (including sms messages). Time to play catch-up, Apple; all the rest have this feature already!

  • Alex Zapata

    Hey TMO, how about you get rid of the MMS file size limit so I can send full res pics without smashing them down. I can’t be bothered to use email!!!!

  • fencepost

    I’m glad to see changes if small ones coming to Google Voice – my main reason for not using it more is that I fully expect Google to kill it with only a month or two of notice much as they did with Reader. If they’re actually making changes, maybe it’s a sign that it won’t be dropped.

    These days I don’t trust any Google service except Gmail and Calendar (and of course Google+ since they’re attempting to force everything into it) to actually stick around.

  • M

    Still no Google Voice (ie incoming number + voicemail etc) in the Uk. Shame. Have waited for 2 years and have just taken out a service with a Uk voip provider.

  • Fight for Freedom

    Too little too late… Google Voice sucks….

  • xx808

    Sending SMSs from T-Mobile to my Google Voice does not even work – much less so MMS.