Friday, March 13, 2009

Google Voice

Google Voice to offer free calls, centralized number - "Google wants to be your phone provider. And to get your business, it has a very enticing offer.

Not only will its new Google Voice service give you free phone calls within the continental U.S., it also assigns you a new phone number that forwards calls to your cellphone and land line. And it transcribes your voice messages into e-mail.

To do all that, you must sign up for a new Google (GOOG) phone number to tie in your other connections.

'We've all got a zillion different phone numbers. This greatly simplifies dealing with all those numbers, and consolidates them into one place,' says Tom Austin, an analyst for researcher Gartner.

Google Voice, announced Thursday, will be available to the public within a few weeks, says Vincent Paquet, a Google senior product manager."