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Google Voice leaves testing, now available to all of the US

updated 06:10 pm EDT, Tue June 22, 2010

Google Voice now open without invite

Google today took Google Voice out of its test phase and made it available to all US residents. The previously invite-only service is normally free and gives users a virtual phone number that can be linked both to regular phones and to the Internet. Calls can be routed to one or more real-world devices, and voice mail at the number is given a basic speech-to-text transcript.

The service isn't true VoIP but can be used to make low-cost long-distance calls.

Google Voice is available on multiple mobile platforms, including as a native app on platforms like Android. Apple's current objections have relegated Google Voice to an HTML5 app on that device that prevents incoming calls in the background.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. MhzDoesMatter

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2002

    +2

    Wait, I don't understand

    "Prevents calls in the background"

    Isn't the basic premise of the service it forwards the calls to your actual number transparently? So since Apple's "Phone" app IS always running in the background, what prevents you from getting a call?

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    Actually

    I think the app limitation is more that outgoing calls aren't showing up as being from your google number, but from your cell number.

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