The folks over at Google are working on a new project called Google Voice. According to the Google Blog site the first beta testing will be for GrandCentral users only. Google had bought GrandCentral back in July 2007 and now is in the process of bringing new features to those users of GrandCentral. The private beta adds more features to GrandCentral such as:
The new application improves the way you use your phone. You can get transcripts of your voicemail (see the video below) and archive and search all of the SMS text messages you send and receive. You can also use the service to make low-priced international calls and easily access Goog-411 directory assistance.
The blog article also states that:
As you may know, GrandCentral offers many great features, including a single number to ring your home, work, and mobile phones, a central voicemail inbox that you could access on the web, and the ability to screen calls by listening in live as callers leave a voicemail. You’ll find these features, and more, in the Google Voice preview. Check out the features page for videos and more information on how these features work.
If you’re already using GrandCentral, over the next couple days, you will receive instructions in your GrandCentral inbox on how to start using Google Voice. We’ll be opening it up to others soon, so if you’d like to be notified when that happens, please send us your email address.
So what will this mean for you and me once Google Voice goes public? The button line is that Google wants to be your phone company per se by providing a central hub in which we will be able to make and manage our phone calls.
For those of us who use Vonage we are familiar of our ability to view online all calls received and sent through the system. It includes numbers that have been called, length of the call, voice messages and much more.
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