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Google Voice Merges Text Messages, Email

Simplifies things and might save you money

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Google Voice, with its "one number for all your calls and SMS" tagline and almost endless list of benefits, aims to make users’ lives easier.  A new feature introduced today represents another step in that direction.

Suppose you’re sitting at a desk with a full-sized keyboard at your fingertips and a 20" monitor in front of your eyes.  Most services would still ask you to fish out your little cell phone in order to read and reply to a text message.  In the past, even Google Voice would require you to keep open an extra, dedicated tab.

Now, however, "every time you receive a new SMS on your Google Voice number, we will send you an email notification," according to a post on the Google Voice Blog.

Then you can reply to it from the email account, and "[i]f you use Gmail, you also get the extra benefit of threading all SMS between you and one contact into one conversation, so it is easy to see the whole discussion."

Finally, here’s one other perk for cheapskates: "If you spend your time in front of your computer, or if you get email on your mobile phone, you can turn off SMS notification to your phone in Google Voice and receive and reply to your SMS by email, saving on SMS costs."

All of this is almost sure to please existing Google Voice users and make everybody else (the service is still available on an invite-only basis) even more jealous than usual.

Google Voice Merges Text Messages, Email
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    Its’ a wise way of google.

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    I’ve been using google voice for awhile now and find the biggest problem is that to place a call using G Voice you still have to be logged into your account.

    I know they want you to login so you are viewing their ads and making them money. If they can come up with a solution where you can use google voice from any telephone and not a web enabled device they would have something fantastic

    • Nils Desperandum

      No worries, mate. Just call your GV number from ANY phone. If you use one of your GV-listed phones, you’ll either be automatically logged in, or you may have to enter your 4 digit pin. If it’s not one of yur GV numbers you’ve called from, you need to hit * during the outgoing message, then log in. Once you’re in, press “2″ to make a call. Your GV number will be displayed on the phone of the number you dialed. It’s a roundabout way, but with speeddial, it’s not too bad…