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With all the hoopla about Google Wave, another set of invitations coming out of Google seems to have been overlooked. After months of waiting, certain Twitterers are reporting that they’ve finally received invites to Google Voice, which I wrote about back in June. I’ve had GV […]

google-voice-logoWith all the hoopla about Google Wave, another set of invitations coming out of Google seems to have been overlooked. After months of waiting, certain Twitterers are reporting that they’ve finally received invites to Google Voice, which I wrote about back in June. I’ve had GV myself since it was GrandCentral, but I got another invitation last night. The folks selling Voice invites on eBay may lose their customers soon! If you haven’t received an invite yet, you can request one here.

The concept behind Google Voice is simple: You’re given one phone number that can be configured to ring in multiple places — office, home, on your cell phone or even on an account on the VoIP service Gizmo5. We’ve looked at a number of virtual phone systems, including 3jam and Grasshopper, and while they have many nice features, it’s hard to beat Google Voice’s price — free except for international calls.

Have you received your Google Voice invitation?

By Charles Hamilton

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  1. I thought (read: ‘hoped’) you were goind to say it had expanded to the UK

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    1. I am waiting for it, too

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      1. Charles Hamilton Friday, October 2, 2009

        I haven’t heard anything about GV expanding internationally. I do know that they are very much at the mercy of phone regulators in various countries. But we can certainly hope!

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  2. I’m still waiting for one, can’t wait to test it out on my android phone.

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  3. I just got mine this morning. I registered for an invite a few months back. What a pleasant surprise! I quickly set it up this morning, and I’m having fun playing with all the features.

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  4. Yup, waiting for the invites to come to Canada!

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  5. I use a Gigaset A580IP ($89 from Amazon) with a free Sipgate account and google voice. I added my sipgate number into Google Voice. ALL inbound calls are FREE. Outbound calls are only 1.9 cents a minute from Sipgate BUT if you use the Google Voice dialer from your Google Voice account page to make an outbound call, ALL calls are FREE FREE FREE!!! What’s also really cool is that in your sipgate settings you can change your Caller ID sent number to your Google Voice number so whomever you call sees your Google Voice number on Caller ID. Kinda made my own Google Voice phone for free.

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  6. I hope Google can get the voice program correct. I have had bad luck with the voice prompt on the G1 phone.

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