Google Voice

Google Voice mobile number porting trialled ahead of “near future” full launch

Google Voice mobile number porting trialled ahead of “near future” full launch

Google has briefly trialled number porting for its Google Voice service, offering some users of the VoIP system the chance to bring over their existing mobile number rather than use the Google-supplied number. Priced at $20, Google has confirmed that it plans "to offer this feature to all users in the near future."

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Google carrier ambitions the “nuclear option” says analyst

Google carrier ambitions the “nuclear option” says analyst

Google's potential carrier ambitions are again being raked over, with suggestions that underwhelming net neutrality rulings, the failure of the Nexus One sales experiment to marginalize carrier control, and growing use of Google Voice are all signs that the search giant might cut out the middle man and run its own network. CNN Money reckons that Google's intentions are most clearly telegraphed in a September 2010 SEC filing by the company, in which they voice concerns that net neutrality regulations could allow carriers to "degrade, disrupt, or increase the cost of user access" to Google products and services.

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When will Skype be Back Online Today?

When will Skype be Back Online Today?

So, all of you folks out there who use Skype on a daily basis, all the time for chatting and video chatting and calling and all that good stuff, you probably already know that Skype is suffering from a global service outage today. This outage started earlier today, and starting at 3:30 PM ET, the service was on its way back up, the return to full normalcy possibly several hours from now. Skype noted that service was already on its way back to full, but that indeed, several hours would be in play before the entire system was back online.

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Gmail Google Voice calls free through 2011 for US users

Gmail Google Voice calls free through 2011 for US users

Google has announced that it is extending the free voice call functionality added to Gmail chat earlier this year, with the service now to be free throughout 2011 as well. Still limited to US users calling US or Canadian numbers, the embedded Google Voice system routes calls via VoIP and can also be used to make low-cost calls to various other countries.

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Google Voice adds iPad and iPod touch support

Google Voice adds iPad and iPod touch support

Google has released a new version of Google Voice for iOS that now supports the iPad and iPod touch. Following on from the official Google Voice for iPhone launched last month, the updated version allows the Apple tablet and PMP to send and receive free text messages; although they obviously can't make cellular calls, Google has added Click2Call functionality which lets users trigger a new Google Voice call and choose which of their phones they want to use to make it.

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Gmail call recording rolling out widely

Gmail call recording rolling out widely

If you are a big fan of the relatively new integration with Gmail and Google Voice, a new feature that some will like and others will loathe appears to be rolling out widely. The new feature allows the user who places a call using Google Voice from within Gmail to record the call.

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Google Voice for iPhone Review

Google Voice for iPhone Review

Thanks to Google, we now have an official Google Voice application available in Apple's App Store. The day that many thought would never come, finally has, and so we needed to find out if the wait was really worth it. After all, with something that has been longed for this long, it's only right that we dig into it right off the bat, and find out if the official version was something we've really been wanting all along. So, does Google Voice for iPhone really stack up? Find out after the cut.

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Google Voice for iPhone Launches

Google Voice for iPhone Launches

We watched as, a few weeks ago, third party Google Voice applications started landing inside the Walled Garden that is Apple's App Store. While there were murmurings of an ending world, other people rejoiced, and claimed the applications as their own, even with the cost of the app. But, those rumors that Google was working on an official application for the service turned out to be true, and now the application, all official and what not, is finally available.

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Cisco Umi HD Video Conferencing System for the Consumer Announced

Cisco Umi HD Video Conferencing System for the Consumer Announced

As far as rumors go, Cisco's video conferencing set-up meant for the general consumer has been at the top of the list for a few months now. Cisco has finally come forward with an official announcement today, pulling the curtain off their brand new HD video conferencing system, now called Umi. As far as hardware goes, you'll have a couple of things set up around your TV, but that's a small price to pay for being able to talk to your loved ones on your TV.

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Official Google Voice for iPhone app imminent?

Official Google Voice for iPhone app imminent?

Apple's publishing of their App Store guidelines for developers led to all manner of third-party Google Voice apps being submitted - and approved - for iOS devices, but now it seems Google's own app is set to imminently arrive.  TechCrunch has heard that the official Google Voice for iPhone app has already received its initial approval, and that it will pop up in the store as soon as the search giant has finished tweaking it to suit the Retina Display and iOS 4's multitasking.

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Google Doesn’t Comment on Official Voice App Heading to App Store

Google Doesn’t Comment on Official Voice App Heading to App Store

Despite Google's good news today, it seems that there's people out there that aren't all that interested in getting third-party applications for their Google Voice needs (even if those apps are good in their own right), and want the official thing from Google. Unfortunately, the search giant doesn't seem to have any plans on making that happen any time soon.

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GV Mobile+ Lands in the Apple App Store

GV Mobile+ Lands in the Apple App Store

Looks like the Google Voice applications are starting to break into the App Store by force. Just yesterday we reported that another app for Google Voice, called GV Connect, passed the review process for Apple's App Store, and now we've got the prodigal app returning to the scene. This one comes full of features, as we've come to hope, and the price isn't that bad, either.

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