google voice logoFor what continues to be a free service, Google sure is putting a lot of work into Google Voice.

Just last month Google opened up  Google Voice to more users, and now they are back less then a month later with applications to bring the service to both Android and BlackBerry phones.  Now you can access your oice mail from anywhere and a whole lote more.  Here are the highlights of the service:

  • 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

Android users can find the application in the Marketplace, and BlackBerry users need to go to m.google.com/voice to download the program.

I have already used the service today on my BlackBerry 8830, and while there was a short lag time in the number dialing from when I entered it, it seemed fairly seamless.  The caller ID on the end did indeed display my Google Voice number instead of my cell phone number.  Very interesting and makes the whole service feel a bit more tangiable and real.

You can learn more about the new service in the video below.

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