Google Voice – Free Phone number

The next Google thing, they want to be your phone provider. Google Voice is the new service that gives you free phone calls within the continental U.S., it also assigns you a new phone number that forwards calls to your cell phone, and landline, if that is not enough it can transcribe your voice messages into e-mail. All you need to do to sign up for a new Google phone number is to tie in your other connections. The idea is you can consolidate and simply all your different phone numbers into one place. Google Voice will compete with Internet phone providers such as eBay’s Skype and Vonage, which lets subscribers make Internet phone calls from their landlines. All you do is sign in to, choose a new phone number in your local area code, and assign your various phone numbers to it. Hand out the new number to friends. When they call you, all your phones will ring — landline, cellphone, etc. If you do not pick up, and it goes to voice mail, the messages are transcribed free. They instantly show up in your Gmail e-mail box, as well on a page. The free phone calls are placed from the site, where you type in the number, and choose which one you want to either make the call from a cell or land line. Once the call is placed, your phone rings, and the call begins. Google also offers free conference calling. You start the call by phoning another person, and up to five other callers can phone in while you are on the line. The service is an outgrowth of GrandCentral, which Google acquired in 2007.

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