Google launch a new service called Google Voice

Posted by Superior on Jun 25th, 2009 and filed under Top News Story. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Google Voice is here! Google is preparing to launch a new service called Google Voice that is built with technology obtained through its 2007 acquisition of Internet telephony company GrandCentral. The Google Voice service gives users a single phone number that can seamlessly route calls to their existing phones. It has its own built-in voicemail service that can be accessed from any phone or through a browser, with GMail-like archiving features for audio messages.google-voice

The Google Voice service was launched in March for closed testing with a limited audience that consisted of existing GrandCentral users. Google introduced a number of highly impressive features such as automatic message transcription and free SMS delivery. The transcription feature will convert voicemails to text and make them searchable. The service can also automatically forward voicemail transcripts directly to your preferred e-mail account.

There are signs that Google is preparing to open the service to a broader audience. Reports indicate that Google has recently obtained over one million new phone numbers from backbone operator Level 3. PC World speculates that the number grab could be a prelude to the full public launch of Google Voice, but it was unable to get official confirmation from the search giant. There are also reports that Google will offer number portability, enabling consumers to move their existing phone numbers to Google’s infrastructure.

Google Voice Features:

The Google Voice service is remarkably powerful and easy to use. It has a number of killer features, such as support for switching between lines during the middle of a call and recording incoming calls by simply pressing a button. Recorded calls and voicemails can be heard directly in the browser through a streaming playback interface and can also be downloaded as MP3 files.

It also offers a simple scheduling system that can be used to control when calls will be routed to specific numbers. For example, you could configure it to direct calls to your work phone during the day and your home phone on evenings and weekends.

Google Voice Scheduling System

Google Voice also integrates with your Google address book and allows you to configure different greetings and forwarding destinations for various groups. Call screening is supported with the ListenIn feature, which allows you to hear a voicemail as it is coming in and enter the call by pressing the star key.

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