Google launches Google Voice telecom service

Internet search giant Google is edging into the telecommunications sector by releasing a new application that will transform voicemail messages into text-based emails.

The service is currently available to United States users of a Google-owned telephone service called GrandCentral, which was acquired by the group in July 2007.

GrandCentral customers are provided with a single phone number to combine their landline and mobile numbers, as well as a voicemail account. The new service allows users to send transcribed voice messages to their email, make free domestic calls and take part in six-way conference calls.

“The new application improves the way you use your phone,” said the company in a blog post. “You can get transcripts of your voicemail and archive and search all the text messages you send and receive. You can also use the service to make low-priced international calls.

“When you receive a voicemail, Google Voice will automatically transcribe it into text so you can read what the voicemail is about,” the company says.

But Google warns that because the service is “fully automated [it] may include mistakes”.

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2 Responses

  1. This seems a little dangerous to me due to the miscommunications that could happen when the message isn’t “read” correctly.

    But, as long as people keep in mind “not to believe everything they read”, I suppose it could catch on.
    After all, I have noticed that nowadays people seem a lot more easily overwhelmed by a long voice message than a long email (the reason being, I suppose, that once they start listening to a voice mail they sort of HAVE to keep going, or be forced to listen from the beginning again later, while emails can be more easily read at one’s leisure…).

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