Google Voice

Google Voice is available.  It was reported elsewhere that GrandCentral users would get an email announcing the upgrade was available, but it turned out that a banner with an upgrade button was available upon logging in at the GrandCentral site already.

The upgrade wiped out the call forwarding restrictions on your pre-existing phones and they had to be reset.  Otherwise, no problems. 

Placing calls from Google Voice was a little bit confusing at first, since its not what you’d hope and expect: something equivalent to a Skype out, but free.  No.  Instead, placing a call from Google Voice results in your forwarded phones and your party’s phone all ringing at once.  If you both pick up, your call is connected.  Your computer is not involved.   Bummer.

The nicest addition of the upgrade is the seamless integration of your GMail contacts.   They also have added SMS alerts for missed calls, which could be handy.

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Published in: on March 26, 2009 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

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