Google launches Google Voice

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Google Inc. is introducing a service that allows users to make free domestic calls, along with transcribing voice mail messages.

Today, the company is unveiling Google Voice, an upgrade of a service previously known as GrandCentral, a start-up that Google acquired back in 2007.

Features:

•    Automated voicemail transcriptions: Users can choose to receive free fully-automated transcriptions of voicemail messages that become searchable in the Google Voice inbox.

•    SMS messaging: Google Voice numbers can now accept SMS messages and forward them to your mobile device and in your Google Voice inbox and reply from either one, as well.

•    Conference calling: If you’re on the phone and get another call, you can merge them – linking up to six people on a single call.

•    International calling: Place calls from your line and pay for them using Google Checkout.

•    New forwarding features: Set up custom rules that allow you to determine when and where calls are routed, forcing calls to voicemail late at night, ringing on the cell phone only during off-peak hours and at the office during work hours.

•    Gmail Contacts: Google Voice integrates contacts from the Gmail address book.

[Via ZDNet]