Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

Summary: Google Voice is now open for business for everyone in the U.S. Now we'll get to see how Google really does as a telecom switchboard. Will the masses adopt the service?

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Google Voice is now open for business for everyone in the U.S. Now we'll get to see how Google really does as a telecom switchboard.

The search giant's Voice service is very handy. It's a central switchboard that rings all of your numbers. Those of us that have used it seem to like it. However, Google's Voice was basically a big invite-only experiment.

In a blog post, Google claims to have more than 1 million active users so far, but it has been unclear how widely adopted this application can be. Now we're about to find out.

Among the key questions we'll have as Google Voice goes public:

  • How many active users will Google Voice get on a constant rate?
  • Can the service grow beyond the early adopter types?
  • Will the average bear use their Google number as their primary one?
  • How active will these average Joes and Jills be on Google Voice?

Make no mistake: Google Voice is a great service. But the real proof will be in the adoption rates well beyond the geek set.

Topics: Networking, Google, Telcos

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  • RE: Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

    I was tired of paying the big telecom $100+ a month. I've switched to using my Google # as my primary number and simply route to my prepaid cellphone. Now phone service is less than $90 a YEAR. Got data for my laptop with CLEAR so I didn't need to continue a data plan for a phone. Plus, Google's voicemail is excellent.
    buddysnipes
    • Just Picked Out My G-Voice Number! Love it!!! :D

      @buddysnipes Although right now numbers are in limited quanities, they are buying up huge swaths of numbers for Google Voice all across the country!

      Meanwhile setup is simple and the features are fantastic. I can't believe this is all for free. How's the competition going to keep up with this all coming from Google? .....and like you say, who needs a hardwired home phone anymore, when you get services like this for free. It also acts like a buffer between G-Voice, your home and cell phone. Too bad iPhones can't do this! :O haha... well they can DRM themselves to hell... in behind their Garden Walls and make believe they're big n bad. Like standing in the DMZ of a router's firewall! ....meanwhile I can give this number out to anybody and feel safe about how I can control it's connection to me!!!

      Another thing is all their enhanced security rocks, integrating and hiding your actual other accounts like YouTube. I hated YouTube before when it was so insecure and people were getting hacked and accounts stolen w/o anyone doing anything about it. Now this makes everything much harder to discover remotely! a.... Dream Come True for me!!! :D
      i2fun@...
    • RE: Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

      @buddysnipes Ok, that sounds fantastic. $90 a year?! HOW CAN WE BE DOWN??!!

      (For those who don't speak Ebonics, that means, "Please share more details with the rest of us who are interested in adopting this practice??!!")
      quicknight
    • RE: Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

      @buddysnipesOk, that sounds fantastic. $90 a year?! HOW CAN WE BE DOWN??!!<br><br>(For those who don't speak Ebonics, that means, "Please share more details with the rest of us who are interested in adopting this practice??!!")

      Also, can you say more about CLEAR data? My Google search wasn't very successful...
      quicknight
      • RE: Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

        @quicknight Clear.com (4G); Net10.com (prepaid cellphones)
        buddysnipes
    • RE: Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

      @buddysnipes Thanks, Buddy. I looked at the net10 site and they are offering plans starting at $15/mo. which would be $180 a year rather than $90. STILL AN AWESOME DEAL, but am I missing something?!

      Thanks for posting the details, btw.
      quicknight
      • RE: Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

        @quicknight Bummer. Clear doesn't come to my area yet. The reviews are mixed. People who love it, really do. People who hate it complain about reception. I imagine that will improve over time as more WiMax towers go up....but this isn't a forum about Clear. Sorry!
        quicknight
      • RE: Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

        @quicknight I'm buying the cheapest phone they have 4x per year. It comes with plenty of minutes for my needs and 3 months of availability. It's the refurbished Samsung. Actually, $21.60 with tax. I keep the same Google number but just switch the forwarding! Just a quick note: ever since it was announced that G# was available to all, I've had occasional echo problems.
        buddysnipes
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  • No thanks.

    <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">


    How long before Voice ends up on Tom Foremski's <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/blog/foremski/googles-failures-with-new-services-will-continue/1407">Blog</a>?
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Well, MS propeller heads hate everything Google, especially things like

      Android that are a run-away success. And, as you guys said of criticism to MS products like Windows Phone 7, it shows that people are really scared of those products. So, I think that means your fear is showing.
      DonnieBoy
      • Beat it kid

        I don't need you telling me what I hate or don't hate. Their services/software are poo. No fear here.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • MS propeller heads like Google too!

        @DonnieBoy
        Well, I like apple hardware, the OS is ok too. We get along.
        Linux is Ok too. I am cool there too.
        Like Google search and many of their apps.

        But I love developing for Microsoft, they have the best tools, support and ecosystem
        DevGuy_z
  • Trying to wean myself from multiple voice mail systems.

    Google voice is an attractive alternative, but I wonder how well it will go over for professionals who are looking for a reliable and flexible system?
    terry flores
    • Yes, good points, Larry left out some VERY important points.

      - Will it be reliable enough for businesses to trust.
      - Will they be able to scale it fast enough as new users come on.
      DonnieBoy
    • RE: Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

      @terry flores I suppose that will depend on your profession and what you want it to do. I think of it as a phone call management system rather than a service and it works very well for that.
      DaveDonaldson
  • RE: Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

    I started using Google Voice as my primary business number about 6 months ago after I became a home-based employee. It gives me a business phone number that routes calls to my home phone and/or my cell phone. Works great, and the price is right.
    irhe
  • Google Voice

    As a Droid owner who has had Google voice for 6 weeks, I can't imagine being without it. My work cell number now rings my phone and my desk during the day, at night it rings my cell and my house. Even better, when someone calls and I am in a meeting, I can read the voice mail to decide if it is urgent or not. Of course the announce feature which allows me to screen calls is cool too.
    bigdaddyellison
  • RE: Google Voice: Will the masses adopt it?

    I've been using it for almost a year now. No more giving out my cell or home number. I can text people using my keyboard for free! No long distance charges from my home phone to other states.

    If people know enough about it, I think they'll use it..
    zdnet@...
  • Google Voice: How does it pay for itself?

    I think Google Voice is great, but if its free for the user, how is it paid for? What is Google's business model for this service?
    dadown