Are you one of the thousands of people waiting in line to get an invite to Google voice? Google’s VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone service that has been made extra awesome by their integration of those services into Android has been a hot ticket item these days. With current user numbers over 1.4 Million its quickly becoming a superpower in the VOIP market. Reminds me of the time way back when Dinosaurs were old and Dirt was brand new, Gmail came out and everyone who knew, was struggling to find an invite to the new sweet email service that boasted FREE Unlimited Storage, POP3, and IMAP support, leaving the days of “You’ve got Mail” behind. Such is the craze with Google’s Google Voice. It has been available since June of 2009 and since then Google techs have transformed it into a powerful machine capable of all kinds of sweet skills, and were not talking bowstaff skills or nunchuk skills. When coupled with an Android phone it makes for a killer app offering visual Voicemail capabilities, SUPER discounted international calling, voicemail transcriptions that are delivered to your email, and much much more.
The Good news is Google just made their Voice service available to anyone with a .edu Email address. Rather than putting in your application for a Google Voice number and waiting until your lucky day when the invite actually shows up in your email inbox, now you can go to the website www.google.com/googlevoice/student, enter your .edu email address, and your new Google Voice invite will be delivered to you within 24 hours.
A Google spokesperson said that they are specifically targeting students with this offer but understands that teachers and faculty are going to want in on the craze too. “We’ve heard college students in particular really appreciate getting their voicemail sent to their e-mail, sending free text messages and reading voicemail transcriptions rather than listening to messages (especially handy while in class), said Jason Toff of the Google Voice team. So here it is. You spoke Google Listened, now go forth and communicate. I am Android, and Google Voice was MY Idea.