Google Voice: Google is One Step Closer to Taking Over the World

Heard Here and ThereGoogle is starting the release dance on a huge new service: Google Voice.  I have not been able to try out this new service, since it is now in limited availability beta.

This product has been in super-secret beta with only really important and connected people having access under its previous name: Grand Central.  It is now rebranded as Google Voice and it  looks like a unified telephone number with a web-based dashboard and all kinds of powerful features.

Google Voice - Beta

Google Voice - Beta

Watch out Verizon, AT&T, Skype and every0ne else.  Here are some of the features:

  • Place calls – Call US numbers for free
  • Taking calls – Answer on any of your phones
  • Listen to voicemail – Check online or from your phone.

See video about how a voicemail is transcribed and made available as text.

  • Call screening – Announce and screen callers
  • Listen in – Listen before taking a call
  • Personalize greeting – Vary greetings by caller
  • Block calls – Keep unwanted callers at bay
  • SMS – Send, receive, and store SMS
  • Forwarding phones – Add phones and decide which ring
  • Conference calling – Join people into a single call
  • Call record – Record calls and store them online
  • Call switch – Switch phones during a call
  • Notifications – Receive voicemails via email or SMS
  • Share voicemail – Forward or download voicemails

Forwarding your calls to one or all  of your phones sounds great:

According to USA Today:

Google wants to be your phone provider.   Not only will its new Google Voice service give you free phone calls within the 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 phone number to tie in your other connections. Digitizing your voice mail means those messages can be posted on blogs or shared via e-mail, Paquet says.

I bet there are a lot of freaked out companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, Skype and Vonage to name a few!

It will be interesting to see how this service plays into the business community.   I would love to see a business version of this that would let me track my phone calls easily and with lower cost.

Comments

  1. Hmm, I guess every time the big G wiggles some companies shake with uncertainty. I doubt though that this will catch on, at least not right away. But as we know a nice jolt is always good for competition! That’s what business thrives on and the customer benefits.

  2. I cant wait to try this out! I have terrible reception with my cell phone in my house..with no landline so if this has good sound quality on both ends I am in! any idea when it will be released?

  3. Wow! Google really do want to rule the world. I think that in 10 years time earth will be re-named google!

  4. You’re very right in this case, Trent. With this incredible Google Voice feature, I think the world will be soon dominated by Big G…

  5. Google Voice feature ohh that will the awesome technology and i don’t when i will use it but one thing i know is google will rock in future. Thanks google