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Friday, March 13, 2009

After acquisition of GrandCentral by Google now phone services are available for users to use lifelong universal phone number. According to the bbc.co.uk one of the analysts Jon Arnold said, “This could be big. Google is seen as disruptive. They are a wild card in telecoms and wireless but this is Google and they are very smart at what they do. The core of Google's business is search and for a long time the industry was concerned about the GrandCentral acquisition. What was the fit? What was the motivation? It will be interesting to see where they ultimately go with this.”

Google Official Blog announced about it, “Google Voice will be available initially to existing users of GrandCentral, a service we acquired in July of 2007.”

“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.”

GrandCentral has been acquired by Google in 2007 in about $50m.By the service one can use a number to route that all their phones. On the service, subscribers can use free domestic calls but on the international calls there is requirement of Google Checkout account. For UK people the charge will be 2 cent for per minute for calls to landline.

EBay's also offers Skype for free domestic calls but it also make a charge to landlines and mobile phones.

About the Phone Service you can watch a YouTube video also. Google Voice - Voicemail transcripts:

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