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Google Opens Voice Service In The US

June 23, 2010

Google Inc has opened its Google Voice telecommunications service to anyone in the United States that is interested in having a single phone number for all of their phones.

During an invitation-only test phase by the Internet giant, Google Voice attracted over a million users. Google is now bracing for a swarm of new users after if made the service public on Tuesday.

In a joint blog, product managers Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet said: “After lots of testing and tweaking, we’re excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required.”

“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made with Google Voice over the last few years, and we’re still just scratching the surface of what’s possible when you combine your regular phone service with the latest Web technology.”

The service not only lets users have one number for all their phones, but it also converts voice mail or text messages into email and allows for toll-free calls to the US and Canada.

Google promised “less annoyances and more awesomeness — for free,” describing the service in an online video. It says the service will work “no matter what kind of phone you have or which carrier you use.” Google Voice threatens to challenge Internet telephony giant Skype.

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