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It's official, Google buys Gizmo5 to provide PC to phone calls

A few days ago there was a nasty rumor going around that Google had just purchased Skype competitor Gizmo5. Funny thing about rumors is that sometimes they're true. Like, for instance, this one. Gizmo5 offers a variety of tools that let users make cheap calls from a PC to a phone, or free calls from computer to computer. Google says that Gizmo5's engineers will be joining the Google Voice...

Google Voice (voicemail) now works with existing phone numbers

Google Voice is a service that lets you check your voicemail on the web, receive transcripts of voicemails via email, screen calls, and give out a single number to all of your contacts that they can dial to reach you on your cell, home phone, work number, or any other phone you use. But there's one relatively high barrier to entry. Well, two if you count the fact that it's still in private...

Google Voice messages start showing up in search results, Google responds

Google Voice is an internet service that lets people make, receive private phone calls. Google.com is a search engine that makes it easy for users to find just about anything stored on the internet. See how these two things might possibly not play well together? Earlier today Boy Genius Report noticed that if you did a search for site:https://www.google.com/voice/fm/* on Google, you found a...

Coming soon: Invite friends to use Google Voice

Remember in the early days of Gmail when invites were hot property? Every new user who signed up for Google's email service got a few invitations to share with friends and the internet was flooded with invites being swapped in user forums, blog comments, and even eBay auctions. Well, now we can relive those golden days, as Google is about to begin giving out invites to Google Voice users....

Google Voice now available in Hawaii, Alaska

Google Voice is a free service that lets you route all of your phone calls through a single number, access your voicemail on the web, receive automated transcripts of your voicemails via email, and make VoIP phone calls. There are just two catches: It's still in private beta, meaning you need to request an invitation to use the service. Google Voice is only available in the US. Up until...

GrandCentral closes its doors - time to update to Google Voice

Before there was Google Voice, there was GrandCentral. In 2007 Google acquired the internet telephony service that lets you ring all your phones from a single number, record calls, and set caller permissions. Eventually Google relaunched the service as Google Voice and added nifty new features like automatic voicemail transcription. But if you preferred the old interface you didn't have to...

Apple responds to FCC inquiry about Google Voice rejection

After Apple decided not to allow Google's phone app, Google Voice, into its application store, the FCC opened an inquiry into Apple's reasons for rejecting Google Voice, and its notoriously inconsistent app store approval policies. Now, Apple has not only responded to the FCC's questions, but publicly released the response on its website. Here are some of the highlights: Apple claims it didn't...

Google Voice adds free calls to Canada (from the US)

Google Voice lets users make free calls to phone numbers in the United States. And starting this week, users can also make free calls to Canada, a feature that was available in GrandCentral before Google bought the service and turned it into Google Voice. The only catch is that you can only make those free calls if you're in the US, because Google Voice isn't available in other countries yet. ...

Get Google Voice speed dial on your iPhone

Google Voice may have been rejected as an iPhone app, but you can still make Google Voice calls less of a pain. Try the Google Voice Speed Dial Bookmarklet Generator from Ironic Sans to speed up the process of calling your contacts from Google Voice. Once you've used to it save speed dial URLs for your contacts, you can save them in a bookmarks folder or assign them to contacts in your iPhone's...

FCC demands details from Apple about Google Voice rejection

The FCC sent inquiry letters to Apple, AT&T and Google as part of an investigation into the rejection of Google Voice from Apple's App Store. The rejection was one of the now-typical "duplicates the functionality of one of Apple's apps" affairs, and the FCC is pressing for details on how Apple's seemingly inconsistent approval process actually works. Was Apple moving at the behest of AT&T...

Apple pulls Google Voice apps from the App Store

Apple doesn't particularly like it when developer release applications that compete directly with Apple's iPhone software. That's why you won't find any full featured web browsers in the App Store. And apparently it's why you also won't find any mobile apps for using Google Voice. Of course, up until recently, there was an unofficial Google Voice app called GV Mobile that let you make and receive...

Advertising coming to Google Voice?

If you've been wondering how Google plans to make money off of Google Voice, the company's voicemail, telephone routing, and general VoIP applications, here's a hint: advertising. That's pretty much how Google makes all of its money. The question is, what kind of advertising? I'd kind of assumed that Google would place contextual ads on the Google Voice web site next to transcripts of your...

Google Voice for BlackBerry and Android now available

Google has launched a Google Voice application for BlackBerry and Android phones. The app lets Google Voice users make calls or send SMS from their mobile phones using their Google Voice phone number. But the more exciting feature is the ability to check your Google Voice voicemail on a mobile device, complete with automatic message transcripts. Of course, you don't need a mobile app to have all...

Google Voice will let you change your phone number for $10

After what seems like an eternity in closed private testing, Google is starting to send out beta invitations for Google Voice (formerly GrandCentral). The company also reportedly snagged about a million US phone numbers to use for the service, which lets users give out a single phone number that will ring all their phones and record, transcribe, and email voicemail messages. Those new phone...

Google Voice still in private beta, but invites on their way

Google is beginning to send out invites to people who signed up to try Google Voice. The service is still in private beta, but this is the first time new users will be able to gain access to the service since Google purchased the technology from GrandCentral. Up until now, only former GrandCentral users have been able to use Google Voice. Google Voice allows users to route all of their phone...