Google Voice Comes To The UK – Landline and Mobile Calls
Finally the UK and 38 other countries can now benefit from the convenience of VOIP calls to landlines and mobile phones via Google voice…this is a distinctly different service than Google chat which also has VOIP and webcam support.
Should mobile operators worry?
With Google owning an operating system and a VOIP facility, it would not take a genius to see a little deeper into a crystal ball and predict that all a user may need in the near future is an internet connection and a smartphone with an ability to multi-task to be able to have an on-demand phone service via the internet and VOIP.
Would this kill mobile phone operators? Well potentially yes, if they did not offer a convenient and affordable data service. Money made from per minute calls have been diminishing for a long time, so flat rate fees seem to be the way forward, the likelihood is they would be the winners of this kind of service unless Google were to offer a data service also, though this would have competition legislation and monopolies issues written all over it, not being a lawyer though I could not rule it out.
There seems to be some functions missing from the US version as similar to Skype you are able to have your very own number in the US version. Making it a serious replacement for a landline.
So in line with Skype and for me much more convenient as I use Gmail as my email provider.Anthony Munns