Google Voice arrives for iPhone (sort of)

Google Voice is finally available for the iPhone -- but only as a Web app.

In an effort to upstage Apple's imminent tablet announcement, Google announced the release of a version of Google Voice (GV) for the iPhone today -- but not in the usual way.

Apple blocked Google Voice (and Latitude) from the app store in July 2009 so Google did what any smart company would do, they released them as Web apps.

Google Voice for mobile works like this:

  1. Navigate to http://www.google.com/voice/m from Mobile Safari
  2. Log into your Google Voice account (sorry, it's invite only right now)
  3. Dial using the on-screen keypad
  4. An alert pops up asking you if you'd like to make the call using a Google Voice access number.

It then dials and displays your Google Voice number as the outbound caller ID.

The current problem is that calls made from GV number aren't recognized by my friends, so they don't pick up the call. While a deal-breaker for most, this issue will soon be fixed when Google rolls out phone number portability. Personally, I can't wait.

I've got a pair of GV invites to give away to two randomly selected readers that follow me on Twitter and mention this post.

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