Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Google Voice Mobile App Now Available For Blackberry and Android Phones

Google Voice, the universal voice-mail and call-routing service that Google initially rolled out back in March is now officially available as an app for Blackberry and Android based mobile phones.

Previously, to place a call using Google Voice, you had to dial your own Google Voice number from your cell phone or use the Quick Call button online. With this new mobile app, you can seamlessly make calls and send SMS messages with your Google Voice number directly from your mobile phone. The app is fully integrated with each phone’s contacts, so you can call via Google Voice straight from your address book. Instead of seeing your cell phone number on the caller ID screen the users on the other end see your Google Voice number. Allow users a better level of privacy, as well as a more unified presence.

From the mobile app, you can:
  • Access your voicemail: read message transcripts, follow along with "karaoke-style" playback of messages, read SMS messages sent to your Google Voice number (even if your phone doesn't receive SMS messages) and access your call history
  • Place calls that display your Google Voice number from your address book, the app dialer (Blackberry) or the native dialer (Android)
  • Send SMS messages that display your Google Voice number
  • Place international calls at low rates

You can download the app from the Google Voice mobile site at or for you Android users you can search the Android Market for "Google Voice."

If like me you still don't have a Blackberry or an Android-powered device, Google has a mobile web version of the Google Voice site (accessible by typing into your mobile browser) that allows you to access the Google Voice features. You'll need a Google Voice account to use the mobile application. Currently, Google Voice is only available in the U.S. If you'd like to check it out, request an invite here.

iPhone users don't feel slighted this isn't a shun by Google. The company says it is working with Apple to bring its Google Voice app to the iPhone. In the meantime you'll have to access the service through your Web browser.

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