Google Voice out of beta: invites your call

By Richi Jennings. June 23, 2010.

Google Voice is waiting for your call. It's out of beta and no longer requires an invite. So long as you're in the U.S., that is. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers keep talking.

Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention an awesome Facebook update...


    Listen to the words from the Kevin Purdy mouth:

Google acquired the clever GrandCentral service, then did nothing for what seemed like a long time. ... The Voice team acquired VoIP service Gizmo5. ... Now Google's thrown open the doors, letting in anyone (in the U.S.) wanting One Number to Rule Them All.


Head over to Google Voice and activate your free account with a Google log-in. ... Choose between keeping your existing number ... or taking on a new main Google Voice number, one that can ring your ... lines, desktop VoIP setup, and allow for [free] web-based texting ... and pretty cheap international calls.

MG Siegler drives the point home:

Google quickly snapped ... GrandCentral ... up in 2007 for over $50 million. For the next two years, it went through a metamorphosis. ... Some wondered if it was yet another service that Google bought and let die.


Google says that there are now over one million people actively using the service. ... Expect that number to balloon now. ... SMS now works better, a Chrome extension makes it simple ... there’s a great mobile web app. ... Now works seamlessly with all Android-based mobile phones. The solution is brilliant.

Google's Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet make like proud parents:

After lots of testing and tweaking, we’re excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required. ... Check out our revamped features page to learn about everything Google Voice can do.


We’re proud of the progress we’ve made ... we’re still just scratching the surface of what’s possible when you combine your regular phone service with the latest web technology.


Just to clarify, though we've opened up sign-ups, Google Voice is still limited to everyone in the U.S. for now.

What if you're not in the U.S.? Gaith Saqer suggestifies:

To start with you need a US number to add it to Google voice in order for it to work so it direct calls to it and you need a U.S. IP [Address]. ... There are many ways to get a US IP ... [one] way is to get a US IP via this list. ... make sure your IP is US based check that here. [Or] use this list and choose any of the tools you like.


Go to SIP Gate, signup for free and choose a US number and download its desktop app. ... Signup via your Google account to Google Voice. ... Now go to setting and enter your US number you got from SIP Gate and choose your google voice number. ... Congrats.

 SJVN "hates the telephone":

Great news for anyone who wants ... free as in beer control of their telephone communications. ... [It] gives you control over all your various phone numbers -- work, home, mobile, you name it -- from a single, central phone number. And it includes most of the features of a PBX ... call forwarding, voice mail, call recording.


The only thing that Google Voice really lacks ... is, oddly enough, voice. It's not a VoIP ... application like Skype. If Google Voice had VoIP ... I could see giving up all my other phones for it. ... Google Voice isn't just a great free voice app; it's one of the best free apps of any kind.

  But Bernie Arnason floats a cloud fast the silver lining:

Google has a knack for irritating traditional telephone companies. ... They first irked AT&T, who raised a net neutrality and common carrier argument with the FCC. ... [Which] prompted the FCC to inquire with Google about why GV blocked certain rural numbers. ... Now it’s Frontier’s turn ... this time through a lawsuit citing patent infringement for certain call forwarding features.


[It] seeks an order blocking Google from continuing to offer GV. Frontier also wants monetary damages and compensation. ... “Google’s deliberate infringement of the patent has greatly and irreparably damaged Frontier,” says Frontier’s lawyers.


And Finally...

Possibly the most awesome Facebook update ever
[An oldie, but a goodie; hat tip: Jennifer Jackson]

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