Google Voice

Google Voice can now boot unknown callers to oblivion (or VM)

Google Voice gained new calling features giving users more control over incoming calls. While you could always customize ringtones or actions, you could only do so for known callers. Google Voice can now handle custom actions for people in your address book and for anonymous callers.

Google Voice VM now part of Android’s phone app

Google Voice on Android 4.0 devices gained a software update on Thursday, allowing users to listen to their Google voicemail directly in the native phone app. This type of integration is unlikely to appear on competing platforms, giving Android a potential differentiator.

Rogers’ new One Number: Is this the future of telco voice?

It was only a matter of time before a major operator abandoned its territorial notions about mobile voice and adopted a true ‘softphone’ service, and that operator appears to be Rogers Communications. It’s severing the bond between the mobile phone number and the mobile phone.

Caller ID arrives on T-Mobile phones, old school style

Knowing who’s calling your mobile phone before you take the call is great, right up until you get a call from someone not in your contact list. T-Mobile phones can get old-school caller ID functionality with Name ID, a new monthly subscription service engineered by Cequint.

Your iPad’s a Telephone With Google Voice

Out of the box, Apple has you covered on your iPad 2 with FaceTime for video chat. But if all you want to do is replicate a phone connection, Google Voice and two native iOS apps may be just what you’re looking for.

Kinect + Skype = Video Calling Magic

There may be many questions about Microsoft’s decision to buy Skype, but one thing is for sure: It can take video conferencing video calling to a whole different level, thanks to Kinect. If you watch these videos, you can easily imagine the future of video calls.

Why Carriers Still Matter — for Better or Worse

Carriers no longer dominate the mobile world thanks to the emergence of Apple, Google and the rise of third-party app stores. But they can retain — or even increase — their relevance by leveraging a few important things.

Google Voice Goes Mainstream With Sprint Integration

Sprint today becomes the first U.S. carrier to integrate Google Voice across its entire handset lineup, including feature phones. Customers who opt-in can use their current Sprint number for Google Voice or get a new Google number to be used for their Sprint service.

Canada’s Answer to Google Voice: TellFi’s Free Phone Service

Consumers and small business looking for Google Voice-type service in Canada may want to dial up TellFi, a small virtual phone service startup. The company just announced free calls for Canadians and the service includes intelligent phone routing, voicemail transcription and even virtual phone extensions.

Talkatone on iOS: Google Chat, Voice Calls Over 3G, WiFi

Google Voice has long been tied to Android devices, but now a free iOS app I’m testing on my iPod touch brings voice calling to contacts over Wi-Fi or 3G. Talktatone is also a multitasking Google Talk chat client and allows location sharing with your friends.

Skype Goes Down. Millions Impacted. Skype responds

If you are one of Skype’s many users who use the service to make a living or talking to your remote users, then you are straight out of luck. The service this morning is down and the outage is impacting millions of users.

Official Google Voice App for iPhone Now Available

The official Google Voice App for iPhone is now available in the App Store, following the arrival of a number of third-party solutions. The app was originally submitted sometime in mid-2009, and pulled from sale by Apple, but was never officially accepted or rejected.

“Calling Nixon:” Google Voice Rings Big Business

Today, Fortune writer Seth Weintraub saw that his Google Voice account linked to his Apps account and surmised the service would soon be available to all, turning Google Voice into corporate VoIP. But there’s a problem. Corporate voicemails may soon be lost in transcription.

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Yap Brings Free Voicemail Transcription to iPhone

Apple iPhone users are still waiting for an official Google Voice app, but they don’t have to wait for transcribed voicemails because Yap does that today. The free application makes it easy to read voicemails and respond to them by return call, email or text message.

Why You Want Google Voice on Your iPhone

After over a year in limbo, Apple has reportedly approved Google’s Voice application for the iTunes App Store, indicating that the iPhone may finally see the software. Sure you iPhone owners have lived without it forever, but Google Voice is a masterful method to manage communications.

Hands-On: GV Connect Returns to the App Store

In some ways, GV Connect’s re-appearance was somewhat anticlimactic. After what felt like months of “he said, she said,” along with an FCC inquiry, I heard this news via a retweet. I had to try it out, after so much hype and conflicting opinion.

Google Voice Co-Founder Quits, Joins Google Ventures

Craig Walker — co-founder of GrandCentral, the San Francisco-based startup that eventually became the underpinning of Google Voice — is leaving the company. Vincent Paquet, the other GrandCentral co-founder, will take over from Walker, who’s joining Google Ventures as an entrepreneur-in-residence.

All Hail the Gmail

Google today launched a new feature that allows Gmail users to use the Google Voice service. With IM, Chat, SMS and now Voice, Google is turning Gmail into a collaboration hub. And that is only the start for Gmail as a platform.

Google Voice Finally Open to U.S. Residents

Google, nearly three years after it bought the service that is the underpinning of Google Voice, is finally opening it up to U.S. residents, though no such luck for international users. With Google Voice, the search giant can push phone companies into the background.

Twilio Launches Roll-Your-Own Google Voice

Twilio, a San Francisco-based startup that offers a platform and services to marry voice to the web world is launching OpenVBX, an open source web application that is in essence a roll-your-own Google Voice. With the app you can route calls to existing phones.

Apple Brings 3G VoIP to the iPhone

While the world was watching Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveil the iPad, voice over IP programs that use AT&T’s 3G network were finally being released for the iPhone. So far iCall and fring have 3G VoIP apps while Skype and Nimbuzz do not.

Google Voice Comes to the iPhone via the Browser

Apple and AT&T have done their very best to keep Google Voice away from iPhone users. A big raging controversy, an FCC intervention and lot of talk still didn’t help. Today all that changes — thanks to a brand new browser-based Google Voice app.

Google Voice and How Anyone Can Be a Phone Company

A Google executive claims the company is “just scratching the surface” with Google Voice and will move aggressively to expand the offering next year. Which means network operators must ramp up their efforts to make their pipes smarter.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Resigns From Apple Board

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has resigned from the board of Apple. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest,” Steve jobs said in a company statement. The way I see it, Jobs showed him the door.