Google has been busy indeed! They have announced in the Google Voice Blog that they have opened up Google Voice to everyone. Google Voice is a great application and it’s great to see it expand outside the invite stage. What’s Google Voice? Let’s take a closer look…
Google Voice first was introduced a little over a year ago. With that came one number to ring all your phones, and your voicemail acts like email, free calls and text messages in the U.S. and Canada, cheaply priced international calls, and many features. You used to have to either request an invite, or someone could send you an invite and you could open your Google Voice that way. But finally it’s open to all. Basically you choose to have a local Google number or a Google number from anywhere in the U.S. of your choosing, and it’s free. You then have your Google Voice account from which you can check online, or from your mobile Google Voice app you can download and install for free.
So what are the latest features available?
- Voicemail Transcription: read what the caller said in your voicemail
- One number for different devices, you can choose a local or long distance number
- Personalized Greetings
- International Calling at a cheaper rate
- SMS to email, save your texts in your Google VoiceMail
- Share Voicemails
- Screen Callers, answer those you want
- Block Callers, you choose who
- Mobile App for your BlackBerry
- Conference Calls
- Listen to your voicemails from your Google Voice online or your mobile.
I’ve been using Google Voice for quite sometime and I really like it. It’s free and it’s completely easy to use. After signing in, you have the dialer and the inbox. The inbox holds your texts and messages. You can use your address book, change options. It’s just that easy. If you open a Google Account and download the app, let us know what you think.
[via: Google Voice Blog]