WhatsApp uses your phone number as your identity, although aside from an SMS message during initial setup, no messages are actually sent via SMS. One of the only complaints I had with WhatsApp was I could not complete the setup using my Google Voice number, you know the only phone number I actually use or give out. This dramatically limited the usefulness of WhatsApp as no one could find me, and if I started a conversation I first had to identify myself.
I contacted WhatsApp support recently, and while they state that using a Google Voice number is not officially supported there is an easy way to make it work.
I successfully configured WhatsApp for Android to work with my Google Voice number, I suspect it should work the same on iOS and Blackberry.
Here are the steps
1. Install WhatsApp 2. When prompted for a phone number enter your Google Voice number 3. Allow the automatic confirmation process to fail (5 minutes on Android), while that is happening you will receive a text with a 3 digit code in your Google Voice account hang on to that 4. On the manual confirmation screen use the code received in your Google Voice account (if that does not work use the "call me" option to receive a call on your Google Voice number with a code.
That’s it, you should now have WhatsApp configured to use with your Google Voice number.
My Google Reader Replacement(s)
Wed, Jun 26th 2013 5:47a Mitch Cohen After Google announced the shutdown of Google Reader in March I went through a period of denial, surely Google would change their mind. By mid May I realized I better start looking for alternatives, and with less than a week to go until Google Reader shuts down I think I have settled on my replacements.
I check my RSS feeds on my PC, Android Phone (Samsung Galaxy SIII), and on my iPad. Having them all in sync is probably the most important feature to me. After trying a few alternatives her [read] Keywords: apple
Bad Marketing or Clever Spam?
Fri, Jun 7th 2013 6:40a Mitch Cohen This morning I arrived in my office to find an envelope waiting for me on my desk. Physical mail of any sort is a rarity at the office these days, let alone a hand addressed envelope from someone I don’t know.
Curiosity made me open it and look inside where I found this
Note the custom URL with my name.
NO I did not type that in to a browser and I have no plans on doing so, but it leaves me wondering is this a terrible attempt at marketing something, which missed in both credibility an [read] Keywords: email
Sun, May 5th 2013 5:21p Mitch Cohen Survivor is the only reality TV show I watch. I have been watching it since it went on the air in 1998. Some seasons have been better than others, some of the survivors have been more fun to watch than others, but through the years for some reason I keep watching.
This morning we are celebrating real survivors, including my favorite survivor pictured here.
Feel free to support our team and raise money for Breast Cancer Research and Support here [read] Keywords:
Speaking at IamLUG
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 8:23a Mitch Cohen IamLUG is back in St Louis, MO next week and I will be there and be presenting. My Session is titled “Fast track users for IBM Smart Cloud for Social Business with Tivoli Directory Integrator“.
I will be showing how to use Tivoli Directory Integrator to provision your users in to IBM SmartCloud. In addition I will be covering the basics of Tivoli Directory Integrator, so if you are working with SmartCloud, IBM Connections Profiles, or have any other Directory Integration needs t [read] Keywords: connections