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Google Voice LogoThe free Google Voice service lets you can send text messages and place calls to regular phone numbers from the computer or your mobile phone. In order to activate Google Voice to get your Google Voice number you need to be located in the United States (this means your computer must have a U.S. IP Address) and you must also have a local US phone number.

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Google Voice LogoIf you want to use Google Voice, especially outside US, you need to have a local US Phone number. This tutorial describes how to get your own charge-free US phone number from anywhere in the world without spending any money. Once you have an US local phone number, your friends and relatives in the US will be able to dial you from their landline or regular cell phones without paying international rates. The calls can be forwarded to your mobile phone, e.g. your iPhone via Google Voice App, or desktop based VoIP phones.

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Source: apple.com

Source: apple.com

Living outside the USA? And you need to download some apps, especially free ones, which are only available in the US App Store? No problem, just get your US iTunes / App Store account within some seconds! There is no need to have an US credit card! I created my alternate US iTunes / App Store account to get the free Google Voice App on my iPhone which is sole available in the US App store. For example, I am using Google Voice to forward voicemails and SMS messages to my COOKOO watch and wanted to get Google voicemails and SMS Messages on my iPhone or to make phone calls via Google Voice from my iPhone.

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Google Voice LogoGoogle Voice is able to forward voicemails and SMS messages. I’m using Google Voice for forwarding voicemails and SMS messages to my COOKOO watch. In the U.S. iTunes / App Store you can donwload and install the free Google Voice iOS app for iPhone, but you can’t download it, if you’ve got an iTunes account outside the USA.

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COOKOO watch iconGoogle Voice allows its users to forward voicemails and SMS messages. This allows COOKOO watch to get notifications for these events. To set up your account, you will need to have created a ConnecteDevice accountYou will receive three new unique email addresses, named ‘token’:  One token for email forwarding, one for SMS forwarding and another for Voicemail forwarding.

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COOKOO watch iconYou can receive notifications on your COOKOO watch every time when you get an email to your Gmail (Google email) account. Before you begin, make sure you have set up your ConnecteDevice account from the COOKOO app. You will receive three new unique email addresses, named ‘token’:  One token for email forwarding, one for SMS forwarding and another for Voicemail forwarding. Your unique email token is needed in the following.

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COOKOO watch iconYou can receive notifications on your COOKOO watch every time when you get an email to your Microsoft account (Hotmail, Live Mail, or Outlook.com). Before you begin, make sure you have set up your ConnecteDevice account from the COOKOO app. You will receive three new unique email addresses, named ‘token’:  One token for email forwarding, one for SMS forwarding and another for Voicemail forwarding. Your unique email token is needed in the following.

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COOKOO watch iconYou can receive notifications on your COOKOO watch every time when you get an email to your iCloud account. Before you begin, make sure you have set up your ConnecteDevice account from the COOKOO app. You will receive three new unique email addresses, named ‘token’:  One token for email forwarding, one for SMS forwarding and another for Voicemail forwarding. Your unique email token is needed in the following.

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COOKOO watch iconAs I have already reported, the COOKOO app with its version 1.4 is able to notify you of incoming emails, SMS messages and voicemails. To do this, you will need to create a ConnecteDevice account within the COOKOO app.

Here’s how to proceed:

  1. Open the COOKOO app and select “Settings”.
  2. Tap the “My accounts” bar.
  3. Tap the “ConnecteDevice” bar.
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COOKOO watch iconThe battery consumption of the COOKOO app versions 1.0 up to 1.3 was a mess as I reported in my COOKOO review in March. But the freshly released version 1.4 on May 17, 2013, is an improvement in regard to consumption of battery life. Beside this, the notification center showed multiple copies of the same appointment. Yesterday I tested it using an iPhone 4S and a COOKOO watch.