Google Voice

One Number for ALL your Calls!

Google Voice Available Without Invitation

If you’re in the US, you can now use Google Voice without an invitation. Three years after acquiring GrandCentral, Google finally makes the service widely available.

“A little over a year ago, we released an early preview of Google Voice, our web-based platform for managing our communications. We introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more—but this was only available through invitations and for Google Developers to try out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking, we’re excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required,” explains Google.

Google Voice has a lot in common with Gmail. They’re both innovative communication services and they both help you manage your communication flow.

The next steps for Google Voice should be expanding the service’s availability outside US, integrating with Gizmo5 and becoming a VoIP service, integrating with Gmail and Google Talk.

The Basics

Google Voice provides a single phone number (you select by your area code) for all your cell, home, and work numbers, and lets you manage your voice services online. Unlike a landline service, a Google Voice number isn’t tied to a geographical location. Unlike a cellular service, it’s not linked to a specific handset. And unlike a VoIP line, it’s not matched with an IP address. Instead, your Google Voice Number is tied to you. If you move, change jobs, or switch wireless carriers, your Google Voice number stays with you.

This is not a computer-required service, you don’t use your computer to make phone calls, and there’s no additional software or hardware to install or buy. (You can, however, use the Click2Call feature from the Google Voice website to place calls.)

Summary of Google Voice Communications Tools:
  • Forward calls from your Google Voice number to one or more phones, or directly to voicemail. Based on who’s calling, you can select which of your phones will ring.
  • Receive text (SMS) alerts when you get a call.
  • Transcribe voicemails, which Google Voice will send as email and/or text messages to your cell phone.
  • Listen to voicemail messages as they’re being recorded-a great throwback to the home answering achine.
  • Screen callers by asking for and recording their names.
  • Block annoying callers by playing a number-not-in-service recording when they call.
  • Personalized Greetings by caller from your Contacts or Website Widgets.
  • Record phone conversations and listen to them in your Google Voice inbox.
  • Switch phones during a call.
  • Use the free GOOG 411 service to say the name and location of a business, and have your call connected for free.
  • Phone U.S. numbers for free.

We have only been using this feature for a couple of weeks but think this is great as a service that helps manage the multiple phone lines in our lives and this application should should have universal appeal!!!

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About Benjamin A. Wilcox
Exploring and reviewing innovative initiatives that lead to quality outcomes and sustainable results. Expertise in integrating operational business strategy and improving processes with an emphasis on performance and quality outcomes; delivering enhanced customer service through the use and exploration of emerging technologies.

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