Here comes Google Voice

Thursday, March 12, 2009 | 12:51 PM

We've got good news for GrandCentral users -- now you can begin previewing Google Voice, an application that helps you centralize all your telephony needs. Some features of Google Voice include voicemail transcription, the ability to search and store SMS messages and low-priced international dialing. The original functionality of GrandCentral, such as a centralized number and web accessible voicemail inbox, live on within Google Voice. You can read more about this release on the Official Google Blog.

20 comments:

Stabile said...

I LOVE Google Voice. It is awesome. One BIG suggestion. Please improve it to allow shared contacts with Google Apps Email in addition to regular Gmail.

chaps_ks said...

Welcome step for Google, Giant leap for Mankind, a real challenge for Skype : ) Long Live Google Voice,

Srini said...

Great service. Eagerly waiting for this service available to all Gmail users...

Shiva! said...

I've been using GrandCentral for a while and eager to upgrade to Google Voice to check the new features and UI...

Shiva! said...

Looking for Google Voice to be integrated with Google Talk/Gmail Chat

bigbolden said...

Yes Please!!! Super Duper Application, Could not wait for Grandcentral to upgrade!!!! Please integrate contacts from gmail...I think it kinda sorta is...

Blony said...

“Google Voice” is being described as a poor man’s fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) service. Indeed, it will be a free FMC service, a price likely to prove attractive to small businesses, despite the fact Google is expected to monitor that business’s phone calls and voice mail to deliver targeted advertising.

Marstein said...

Once this is integrated with Android it will be a further hit against the phone vendors. Their VM systems - outdated, international calling - replaced. For users it will be great though...

pa said...

Can we get a iPhone Google Voice app now? It would be awesome in conjunction with the upcoming push notifications (VM/SMS/Chat).

"The 908 Kid" said...

I'm currently a skype user, and have paid for a number with them before. I really like skype, but been told about GrandCentral and REALLY want to try it out. Any way of getting ahead of the curve and trying the beta version?

THX

Dingo said...

Hello from Croatia !

When I discovered ICQ I realized power of cheap communication (dial up 36,6 modem) then I started to use skype for net to net calls).
Now I am still on good old skype, also using German betamax low cost VoIP (voipbuster, voipdiscount...).
After I bought T-mobile G1 handy I started to use more seriously gTalk instead of skype.
Today just found out about Google Voice and Grandcentral, watched video clips, read some forums and decided I WANT to try this because it would fit my curent needs and get ALL IN ONE COMMUNICATION PRODUCT.
How to become beta tester or user ?

Dan said...

Been waiting for years for a GrandCentral invite... Can't wait for Google to open this up to everyone!!!

Mister D said...

I was a Grand Central member, joined just before Google bought them. Have had them since. Just last night I got the green light from Google to upgrade to Google Voice, and let me tell you all something..........WOW!!!!! It's the most well thought through, organized, convenience for the cell phone.....since, well..... the cell phone. Finally I don't have to worry about number portability being an issue. My Google Voice number is my phone number. It has call screeners, visual voicemail, call recording, text messaging, EVERYTHING!!! I can't tell you how much you are all going to love what they've done.....I've told every one I know at least twice about it.....and they all can't wait!!
WAY TO GO GOOGLE!!!

KEMCO Enterprises® said...

WOW! From what I have read so far, I cannot wait until my GrandCentral account gets the "OK" to upgrade. I have been using GC since B4 Google bought them, and I was truly hoping that Google would make it better. I mean, GC is already awesome! I Love it. But it looks like I may love GV even more.....
Tick, tock, tick tock.......

lowspeed said...

The thing is still very buggy. I suggest people wait a little.

And the GC UI was much better than GV.

David said...

I completely disagree that the GC gui was better than GV. Its dependence on Flash made it almost completely useless on the iPhone, and that included the mobile site. So far, GV seems to be blessedly free of Flash and easy to use.

Oren said...

The technology used is totally irrelevant. i was talking about the UI in the desktop version.

They could've arranged a version for the iphone (but they didn't since it wasn't out when the service came out)

Jason Litka said...

PLEASE tell me there will be a BlackBerry client for this.

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nikki said...

nikkitrudeaux@gmail.com.......how do i get invited?