An Overview of Google Voice
Google's powerful online voicemail and call management platform, Google Voice, allows users to route one number to more than one phone. Additional features of Google Voice include call screening, voicemail to text transcription, SMS integration, and email notifications. Google Voice users can also make calls from their Google Voice number through an integrated call setup feature.
The voicemail features of Google Voice can also serve as a substitute for a cellular provider's voice mail, allowing multiple voice mail messages based on contact or group.
Recently, Google introduced Google Voice calling from within Gmail, an option that appears to many as a preemptive strike against Skype, the leading online calling provider, prior to its Initial Public Offering (IPO).
Voice calling from within Gmail is free for 2010, with many expecting a fee structure to come into play in 2011. Gmail users can use the Google Voice calling feature without having a Google Voice account configured.
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