Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Google Voice Now Available To US Citizens

Shayam Prasad

In a much awaited move, Google has opened up its Google Voice facility to people of US. Previously, Google Voice was available upon “invitation only”. Now anybody having a Google account and living in US can have this wonderful service.

But what is Google Voice? Google Voice is an application that helps you better manage your voice communications. It has many rich and useful Features and the best part is they are free if you live in US.

Google Voice has introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more. The only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out but now even that requirement has been waived.

Though Google has opened up sign-ups, Google Voice is still limited to everyone in the U.S. for now. But in future it would also be available in other countries, including India.

Meanwhile, Frontier Communications Corp. sued Google Inc. over patent infringement for the Google Voice service. The suit seeks to stop Google from using a one-number technology, which Frontier says infringes on its patent.

We would come up with a complete review of this product as well as the techno-legal issues involved in it, including the patent infringement suit, subsequently after consulting best techno-legal experts of India.