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Google offers “free” phone through Gmail

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Making free phone calls just got easier through Google(www.google.com) (so long we all remember that “free” is not really free, but subsidized through someone else’s money) via “Voice Calls from Gmail.” 

More specifically, you need a Gmail account and calls through your computer to American and Canadian numbers are free through “at least” [...]

Google and Gigabit to the home – It smells funny

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Google (www.google.com) says they’re going to invest in an “experimental” gigabit to the home network for anywhere between 50,000 to 500,000 subscribers. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this the same Google that said they were going to bid on 700 MHz wireless spectrum a couple of years ago?

Let’s look at the [...]

Google Buys Gizmo…maybe?

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According to TechCrunch, Google has shelled out around $30 million in cash to scoop up Gizmo5.   Of course, the rumor mill last month had Gizmo5 being bought by Skype as a SIP backup plan if they couldn’t get JoltID and various other proprietary technologies secured.

The timing of this rumor/impending announcement is, shall we [...]

Keynote pictures from AstriCon 2009 – Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Glendale, AZ & Washington DC – Pictures from AstriCon 2009 on Wednesday October 14, 2009.

Keynote audience at AstriCon 2009

It was a full ballroom for both days of keynotes.

Allworx founder Jeff Szczepanski at AstriCon 2009

You run into a lot of interesting people in the hallways of AstriCon — like [...]

AstriCon keynotes – Ain't that interesting!

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Every year for the past couple of years, the folks at Digium have rolled out a nice little surprise at the annual AstriCon event connected to the keynote speakers.  Two years ago, Digium announced it had purchased Switchvox (Hello Tristian!).  Last year, Skype and Digium announced a working relationship and a beta of a [...]

The Apple/AT&T/Google triangle – and where's Skype, anyway?

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Apple decides to pull the plug off of Google Voice-related apps, supposedly at the request (or a wink and a nod) from AT&T, because the App allows free text messaging and two cent per minute international calls.  The Federal Communications Commission decides this Isn’t Right and has launched an investigation of sorts.

So the [...]

Google Voice takes aim against Skype

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Forget all this crap about Google Voice being “your next phone company.” It’s Skype that is going to have some issues.

The Goog was brainwashing, showing off its latest Google Voice apps to Om Malik yesterday, with Google Voice service for BlackBerry and Android clients available.  Integration with GV and address book, cheap long [...]

Google Voice opens the doors, finally

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After two weeks of hype and rumors, Google Voice is starting to hand out phone numbers to its waiting list.  Although, after yesterday’s “Today” show segment, the company might not have had a choice.

I guess I am suffering from Google-burnout, between the hype for Google Voice, how Google is supposed to respond to [...]

Oh joy, you can now wait in line for Google Voice

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Andy Abramson is reporting that Google Voice now has a signup page to stand in line for the service. More specifically, the page says:

“Google Voice invitation request

Please leave your name and email, and we’ll invite you as soon as Google Voice becomes available. If you left us your email address [...]

Will today be the day for Google Voice? Or tomorrow? Or the day after? Or…?

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Google Voice was suppose to open to the public last week. And it has purportedly reserved one milllllion phone numbers to hand out as freebies, claims Network World’s inside source.

So today, the world sits with baited breath – NOT. I really wish the Google fanboys would get a life and remember some history.

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