Google Voice Buggy but Brilliant

Impressive new VoIP service could soon sideline Skype
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 7:05 AM CDT
Google's new Google Voice service offers users "one number for life" and the ability to receive voicemail messages as emails or text messages.   (Google)
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(Newser) – Google's new VoIP service could be more of a "life-changing experience" than a mere Skype substitute, Larry Magid writes in CNET. Google Voice—currently only available to former GrandCentral users but expected to soon cause sleepless nights for the whole telecom industry—offers users a single number to which they can forward landline or mobile calls, and it can send voicemail messages as emails or text messages.

Google Voice has got its rough edges, Magid writes, including glitches deleting voicemails and a potentially irksome inability to send the Google number as caller ID, but the bugs are unlikely to stop it from becoming one of Google's most-loved services. "Being able to read your voicemail and having one number that rings all your phones is terrific," he concludes, "especially at the amazingly low price of free."