Let the Fail Whale jokes begin.
I’ve been using Google Voice on a daily basis for around a year now, and the last month has been by far the worst in terms of connectivity issues. Right now, it looks like the service is having yet another outage — both Michael Arrington and I are having problems, and other users on Twitter are having them as well. Outbound calls ring endlessly (and sometimes get a “This Call Cannot Be Completed” error message); inbound calls don’t get through.
We’ve reached out to Google to find out how many people are being affected and when we can expect a fix.
As I said, this is only the latest in a string of recent problems. There was downtime on November 2 and again on November 5. It’s really getting to a point that’s beyond acceptable, and I may soon have to start handing out my ‘real’ phone number for mission-critical tasks. People rely on their phones for their most urgent business and personal matters. If you want to be a phone company you can’t go down.