March 23, 2011

Sprint, Google Voice Team Up

Google Inc. announced a partnership with telecommunications company Sprint Nextel Tuesday that will add the Internet search giant's online telephone capabilities to mobile smartphones serviced by the third largest telecom network.

With the new alliance, Sprint customers will be able to have incoming calls ring simultaneously at multiple phones or even have calls routed to computers using Google's email software.

"This basically gives Sprint customers all the benefits of Google Voice without the need to change or port their number," Google software engineer Jacob Hesch said in a blog post.

Sprint voicemail will be replaced by Google Voice whether Sprint mobile users switch to Google numbers or keep their original ones. Google Voice transcribes spoken messages for delivery by email or text messages.

You can go to google.com/voice/sprint for more information.

The Google-Sprint partnership comes after US anti-trust authorities looked into plans by AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA for an estimated $39 billion. The deal, if it goes through, would put AT&T ahead of Verizon Wireless as the biggest US wireless service provider.

Google also announced a new Android-powered Nexus S handset tailored specifically for Sprint's 4G data network.


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