Sprint has integrated Google Voice into its mobile devices and launched a 4G version of the Nexus S.
Under the Google Voice integration, a Sprint user can use an existing mobile number as a Google Voice number. In a blog post, Google noted that seamless integration with carriers was always a goal.
Remember that point given that AT&T plans to buy T-Mobile and Sprint will be a distant No. 3 behind Verizon Wireless. Perhaps Sprint can be a test bed for innovative services. Google may have a tough time playing the seamless integration game with big carriers such as AT&T and Verizon.
The Sprint-Google arrangement breaks down like this:
- Calls to a Sprint number can be answered via Gmail as well as an office or home phone.
- Calls from Gmail and text messages sent from Google Voice will also display to the Sprint number.
- Sprint customers won't have to port numbers to Google Voice.
- There will be no need for separate apps to make Google Voice work.
- Separately, Google and Sprint launched the Nexus S 4G, which rides on Sprint's WiMax network.