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Is Google Voice going to be the next Skype?

Google Voice is great for voicemail and text transcription, call forwarding, and a bunch of other useful phone-related services, but it's not a full VoIP solution like Skype. That could change in 2010, though, especially since Google acquired Gizmo5, a company that develops technology for web-to-web and web-to-phone calls. Owning Gizmo5 doesn't necessarily mean Google's going to compete with Skype, but some recent quotes from a VP at Google suggest things may be headed in that direction.

According to eWeek, a Google VP of Product Development, Bradley Horowitz, told the media that "voicemail transcription, inbox integration and threaded SMS are fantastic features, but we're really just scratching the surface. Gizmo5 gives us talent and talent technology. ... We want to make sure your communication is available to you irrespective of where you are at, what device you have in your pocket, etc." With Gizmo5's technology, Google's brand name and huge userbase, will we be saying "Google Voice me" instead of "Skype me" by this time next year?

I'm not willing to call it one way or the other just yet. What do you think, oh wise DLS readers?

Tags: calls, google, google voice, GoogleVoice, phone, skype, voip

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