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Free Talk – push notification setup (using gvmax)

The coming version of Freetalk will include push notification using gvmax ( If you are a paid user of FreeTalk, please follow the steps to recieve push notification on your phone using FreeTalk.

  1. You need to have a GVMax account. If you don;t already have one, please create at The setup is simple and quick.
  2. If you have not already configured, you will be required to forward your SMS and voice notfication to gvmax. While creating the account, you have the option to let GVMax do all this work automatically. If you choose not to, you will have to manually configure this on your google voice account as well as on gmail. More information on –
  3. Once you have configured google voice to forward notification to GVMax, you need to tell GVMax to send notification to FreeTalk server so that it can notify your phone client. You do this by configuring GVMax to send HTTP notification.


You need to specify the following url –  

That’s pretty much it. If you have enabled push notification on the phone, try sending a test message from gvmax and you should recieve it on the phone.

Happy texting.


33 responses

  1. Just a quick note, in your tutorial, there is no need for your users to enable gtalk notifications I think.

    So they can uncheck the ‘send GTalk notifications’ checkbox.


    December 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm

  2. Jim

    Why does the count never go down-even if I read all items, thru Free Talk and thru the web normally?

    January 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

    • it should go to 0 when you open freetalk the next time. It might take few minutes for server to send the notification though.

      January 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

      • Jim

        It’s been a few days and keeps going up only.

        January 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

  3. lcm

    hi i purchased yr app but the push notification is not working.
    Can you test if it have any problem right now?
    i cant see the push even the app is opened.
    nothing like the demo showing on your youtube vid…

    April 26, 2011 at 3:03 am

  4. paul

    I can’t get instant messages??! I follow all the steps but still can’t get it?why?did I miss some steps?please help

    June 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

  5. Your users are actually better off using gvmax-post (an open source appengine service I wrote)
    It does not require them to give me their Google Voice password and should also be more robust than GVMax (since no GTalk related issues there).

    Hani (GVMax)

    June 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    • Thanks Hani, I will test it out and will then update the instructions to use this new service.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  6. Pingback: FreeTalk – Push Notification setup (updated 6/22/2011) « ashterisk(*)

  7. Brandon

    Sorry to bother, but I just purchased the app, and after configuring gvmax as instructed, I enable push notification in the freetalk settings, hit save, and it freezes, eventually crashing. Any suggestions?

    Also, I unchecked “use google number as caller id”, hit save; freetalk goes back to the settings screen. When I go back into the settings, the box is checked again!

    August 4, 2011 at 8:41 am

    • Can you try to login in google voice web and see if all the settings are configured? The account has to be configured properly before the app can be used.
      Let me know if you continue to run into issue and I will investigate further.


      August 4, 2011 at 9:18 am

      • Brandon

        I’ve configured the filter and the gvmax account as instructed, and when I Send Test SMS from within gvmax, my phone receives it (in freetalk). But still the app freezes when I attempt to enable push notification. I tried to uninstall and reinstall the app, but no luck. It still freezes and eventually crashes.

        August 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

      • Not sure what’s happening but can you make sure that you have less than 15 apps with notifications turned on? On windows phone, there is a limit of 15 application recieving push notifications and I am wondering if you are hitting that limit.

        Please let me know

        August 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

  8. Brandon

    I’m not even close to 15 apps with push enabled. I can enable it on others (I just did) and it works fine, then I can disable it again. The fact that freetalk just freezes when i hit save after checking the Enable Notification box suggests it’s an app problem.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    • Its quite possible. I will investigate it more. Thanks.

      Sent from my Windows Phone

      August 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

  9. derrick

    Finally. I got it to work. The final step that I kept overlooking was going was back to check my “forwarding and pop/imap” and select FORWARD COPY OF INCOMING MAIL TO ( and select ARCHIVE GMAILS COPY then save….

    December 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

    • Justin

      Derrick, how did you get your gvmax email to be verified? That’s the part I’m stuck on. I copied and pasted my gvmax email address from my gvmax account to my forwarding email in Gmail, and the fine print of the manual gvmax notification/filter setup instructions says it takes a minute or so and it will be verified automatically. Thx

      December 22, 2011 at 8:25 am

  10. Justin

    Ashterisk, my gvmax email is still not verified. I saw the fine print of manual filter creation saying that it would take a minute or so but gvmax would automatically verify for me. (I’ve tried the ‘automated’ way through FreeTalk to set up notifications, but it wasn’t working.) Please let me know what I’m missing, or if that automatic verification process is not up and working right now.

    Just so you know what I’ve done, I have gvmax created, HTTP Post is checked and correct URL, push notifications selected on FreeTalk ap (WP7), and copied and pasted the gvmax forwarding email address from gvmax account into forwarding email in Gmail settings to be verified. Once this is verified, I can manually create the filter for text and voice notifications that are emailed to my Gmail (I see the easy to follow instructions on how to do that).

    It must be this verifiation not taking place as to why the automatic method didn’t work.

    Thanks. Please reply to my email directly, or this.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:23 am

  11. Mike

    Works pretty well but it seems like every now and then I have to log in and re-enable push notifications.

    January 29, 2012 at 1:52 am

  12. fiaz ahmed

    Google tallk

    January 30, 2012 at 11:13 am

  13. maddie

    any reason why the app does not look like the video preview you posted? was disappointed that it was a lot more bare bones then your demo video.

    February 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    • The app was redesigned to account for feedback from users. Many reported that the number for clicks were too many and I should simplify it. Hopefully the new features componsate for the different look and feel.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

  14. Ciao

    May 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm

  15. Jim

    SMS push notifications not working even though set up correctly – any ideas?

    June 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm

  16. Jeff Padgett

    How do I change my contact number??

    August 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  17. Bhuvan

    please help me out for creating account, How can I sing up ? I am using free talk app in my Nokia Lumia 710.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm

  18. atenato

    Plz can you help me how to sigin up ang login plz

    November 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

  19. arda korkmaz


    December 12, 2012 at 5:12 am

  20. Call

    April 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

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