A little over a year ago, Google released an early preview of Google Voice, thier web-based platform for managing your communications. They introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more—the only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking, Google is excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required!
Over the past year, Google has introduced a mobile web app, an integrated voicemail player in Gmail, the ability to use Google Voice with your existing number and more. Over a million of you are now actively using Google Voice, and many of the features released over the past year (like SMS to email and Google Chrome extension) came as a result of your suggestions, so thanks! Check out Googles revamped features page to learn about everything Google Voice can do, Google commented that they are proud of the progress they have made with Google Voice over the last few years, and still just scratching the surface of what’s possible when you combine your regular phone service with the latest web technology. It’s even more amazing to think about how far communication has come over the last couple hundred years, and we can expect much more from google in the future.
Just to clarify, though Google opened up sign-ups, Google Voice is still limited to everyone in the U.S. for now.