Google prepares to open up Google Voice

Google prepares to open up Google Voice

Summary: It appears that Google has reserved a million phone numbers from Level 3 for use with Google Voice. This is a very good indication that the company will be opening up its doors for business in the near future.

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It appears that Google has reserved a million phone numbers from Level 3 for use with Google Voice. This is a very good indication that the company will be opening up its doors for business in the near future.

Google Voice will change the way you send/receive phone calls, listen to voicemail, read text messages, etc. When you subscribe to Google Voice, the only phone number that matters is your Google Number -- it will forward calls/texts to the phones of your choosing by following certain rules around time of day and contact groups. In addition, it also has a wealth of powerful features that let you do things like listen in on messages and "pick up the line" on a different phone or device without dropping the call.

Google Numbers are currently only available for American area codes. There's not much stopping you from setting up an account if you want one though -- however, forwarding to foreign phone numbers simply doesn't work anymore (it used to).

This extremely powerful service is free -- even though it seems like a pricey venture that is almost certainly going to be losing a ton of money out of the gate. Calls to american numbers from your Google number are free -- international calls do have a per-minute rate which you can buy credits for.

Do you have a Google Voice account yet? What do you think of it?

Topics: Mobility, Google, Telcos

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  • I have one....

    ...and I love it. Now if they would just integrate more with mobile apps...
    storm14k
  • RE: Google prepares to open up Google Voice

    I had a GrandCentral account that I upgraded to Google Voice. It's great. I use it even for outgoing calls so the recipients always get a constant caller ID. The transcription of the voice mails is just so so. Of course, my callers have deep Southern accents like I do! Free SMS is nice but the journaling of them is even better.

    Wish list:
    o Fax support
    o Ability to set caller ID text
    o Ability to set individual greeting messages
    o Integration with Google Apps contacts
    fastoy
  • RE: Google prepares to open up Google Voice

    I really think the idea of Google Voice is useful and great and will become a 'killer' product. (Not sure what it will kill, but nonetheless, its killer.)

    However, the current implementation of the service is a little sketchy. The Inbox is not very intuitive, the transcriptions have a lot of work to become worthwhile, and the 406-system (hard to describe, you'll know once you have an account) while cool, needs some great minds to turn it into something amazing.

    But if any company can do it, I'll put my bets on Google.
    treysteven
  • RE: Google prepares to open up Google Voice

    I have one and it is great. The SMS can be a bit flakey but besides that it is great. I have the G1 with T-Mobile and have set the google voice number as a fave. This allows me unlimited calling to/from any number. This as saved me about $40 a month :)
    mttallaczach
    • !!!!

      I had not even thought about that. I wonder if T-Mobile and other carriers will catch on to that. I need to get my faves plan back.
      storm14k
  • RE: Google prepares to open up Google Voice

    Great! Now Google has an easy way to eavesdrop on your phone conversations just to make you feel disrespected even more. And you will be required to listen to an ad at the beginning, middle, and end of your conversations.
    Loverock Davidson
    • *spittake*

      Wow... paranoid much? And you may have missed the part about it being an opt-in service. In other words, you don't have to use it if you don't want to.

      What's your issue with Google?
      pluggproductions@...
      • Loverock's issue with google

        Loverock's issue with google is that it isn't Microsoft. Simple as that.
        Chalfont
  • Voice will never be the same.

    When Google Voice is unleashed voice calling never be the
    same, especially when combined with mobile applications.
    TJGodel
  • RE: Google prepares to open up Google Voice

    The barrier to adoption for Google Voice is publication
    of your permanent "Google number." To get people to use
    your Google number, you'll have to tell everyone about it
    and reprint your business cards with that new number. I
    use Google Voice to give me unlimited, free long distance
    (US) calling on both my home phone and mobile phone.
    Because Google Voice calls me, it's not charged as
    outgoing minutes. That way, I can dial a number (through
    Google Voice), even from my mobile phone, via the
    website, Google calls me, I talk, and it's all good.
    CRMFYI