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Google Voice iPhone Web App Released: Canadians Salivate

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Every time I read about one of these new features for the iPhone from Google, I get excited. Then, when I discover that I’m shut out because I live in Canada, I shed a small tear before crying. Google today released the Google Voice iPhone web app, that functions within Safari on the iPhone. Canadians can get an invite and register for Google Voice, but the service is not available here, yet.

What is Google Voice? Here’s a great summary:

Google Voice is the Internet based phone forwarding service by Google. It was previously known as GrandCentral. Google Voice is free except for international calls.

Google Voice gives you a separate phone number which you can give out as if it is your regular phone number. You can then change your settings to have calls forward to any of your phones.

You can forward to one group of phones during the day and another at night. You can have calls from certain numbers forward differently than calls to other numbers. You can block spamming callers and send some calls straight to voice mail.

You can send yourself an SMS message or an email whenever you get a voice mail message, and you can check your voice mail from the Web or from your phone.

Apple denied Google the chance to create a dedicated Google Voice iPhone app. Why? Because it conflicted with the ‘phone’ function on the iPhone. Being Googlers (some of the smartest people on the planet), they were able to implement Google Voice into iPhone Safari by utilizing HTML5 technology.

Watch this video demo and have fun drooling:

What do you think? Is this something you would want to use?

[Google Voice Blog]

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  • rorypiper

    This is all from a web app? Nice.

  • george

    prasie jebus lol finally some good google voice now you can make voip calls and not get charged huge by rogers for long distance calls!

  • Dusty

    I wouldn't mind trying out Google Voice 🙂 From the YouTube video clip, I think theres some cool features.

  • The only reasonable alternative right now is Skype on the iPhone. Without that, I'd be paying Rogers through the ROOF for my long distance calls!

  • george

    I dont make a lot of long distances call usually here and there so i dont have a skype credit but i usually do is on 3g use skype and usually use goog 411 or 1888 free 411 and say free calls and call over seas for free for five mins or use goog 411 to call business and not eat up my minutes or call work when im outta town without using huge long distance minutes and it barely cuts into your 6gb data plan

  • Bulishor

    I was lucky enough to sign up with Grand Central when it was open to Canadians and now I'm grandfathered in. Google Voice matched with free incoming is FANTASTIC. I can talk in North America as much as I want since all calls are incoming and Google takes care of the long distance. Not to mention free texting worldwide! Anyway, for now I'm still using GV mobile which I find easier to access.

  • Tyrone

    so just to clear this up, this cuts into your data bucket right? it has no link to the actual iPHONE and your weekday minutes?

  • Carl W.

    No, it cuts in to your phone minutes… it connects to the google server access number via your phone and you make the call that way. That's the whole reason why people were mad and wondering why Apple could deny it from the iPhone.

  • This is great finally google voice come to iphone wen apps added. I realized that I should just switched to a provider with better rates for voice and data. Thanks Sprint.

  • As long as you have internet connection, you can use Google Voice, havent had time to really get acquainted with it, but thanks for the heads up.

  • I can't wait for Google Voice to be available in Canada. Paired with Skype I would use this service to cut my Rogers Mobile bill down. First thing up would be to cancel my voicemail and SMS package.

  • Google is a best search engine for modern world. Everyone can access it free, so very interesting work and communicate other people using google free.

  • this is a great step to the web app and a great voice app
    web apps are the same as native app as they are showing you can just bookmark the web app on your homescreen and you are good to go
    we did a nightlife app (NightLifeApp.com) that functions on the web app so you dont have to download it on your phone its up to the user to decide.
    many sites should start going web app and adapt to the coming flow of mobile users visits

    David from Mobiworx

  • I can't wait for Google Voice to be available in Canada. Paired with Skype I would use this service to cut my Rogers Mobile bill down. First thing up would be to cancel my voicemail and SMS package.

  • Google is a best search engine for modern world. Everyone can access it free, so very interesting work and communicate other people using google free.

  • this is a great step to the web app and a great voice app
    web apps are the same as native app as they are showing you can just bookmark the web app on your homescreen and you are good to go
    we did a nightlife app (NightLifeApp.com) that functions on the web app so you dont have to download it on your phone its up to the user to decide.
    many sites should start going web app and adapt to the coming flow of mobile users visits

    David from Mobiworx

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