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“google voice ‘lite’ — no new number required”

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google voice 'lite'

  • the standard “google voice” connects multiple phone lines, transcribes voice mails into text messages, blocks telemarketers, etc. has been talked about for months.
  • the cost of such a sweet service is rather high — people have to get a new phone, and perhaps even more inconvenient, a new phone #.
  • in an attempt to attract more google voice users, the company is now offering a smaller ‘lite’ version of google voice features, which DOES NOT require users to get a new phone #.
  • these new lite users would be able to get rid of their old voice mail service and replace it w/ google voice lite as an alternative.
  • lite users will be able to play their new voice mails online or read them online. they’ll also be able to forward their voice mails to their email account (gmail would  be most google voice-friendly email account to have for this) or read them as a text message (like spinvox).
  • once online, voice mails will be able to be saved and shared w/ others.
  • apparently, a lot of users, bloggers and hackers were able to do this already — all google really did was embrace their user innovations.
  • this is how they did it: using call forwarding features provided by  carrier networks, they had people forward voice mails to their google voice # (admittedly, users already had to have a google voice #).
  • a google representative said google’s approach to the pre-existing technique and doesn’t require users to sign up for google voice.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/google-voice-lite-no-new-number-required/?ref=technology

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October 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm

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“google links up with verizon to fight apple”

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new android handset

new android handset

  • in the next few weeks, verizon and google will release new “android handsets” w/ preloaded apps on verizon’s unbeatable carrier network
  • finally, the best service provider will be offering the type of “next-generation mobile phone” that rival carrier networks at&t and t-mobile have had available for over a year
  • one question users are asking is whether or not the android app store will be nixed in favor of a new verizon app store and also, how google and verizon will split profits (the two companies are “frenemies,” essentially only teaming up to combat the iPhone)
  • all of this is in the wake of apple not accepting the “google voice” app from google — google is out for revenge and google voice WILL in fact be on the first android phone through verizon, based on an agreement the two companies made over a year ago
  • the author of the article is also curious to see if verizon will apply android technology to some of its wired networks

http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2009/10/06/06gigaom-google-links-up-with-verizon-to-fight-apple-57242.html

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October 6, 2009 at 5:30 pm

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