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Posted on August 26, 2010 by Jennifer Pointer

 

I've used Google Voice for a long time, as a way to protect the privacy of my actual home phone #.  I love it. It can be used as a stand-alone voice-mail service, or it can be simply forwarded to one or more phones.  But it just got even better.

 

Google VoiceNow, you can make calls from your computer using Google Voice - for free within the U.S. and Canada (rates apply to international calls). It's easy.  You'll need a Google account, of course (does anyone seriously not have one of those? Come on!  If you use G-Mail, when you're logged in, in the lower left column, you'll see a "Call Phone" link with a little phone receiver.  Click on that, and follow the instructions.  Or, just go to voice.google.com, and sign up from there.

 

I tried it - the sound quality is great, and it's simple to use.  Go try it!

 

Also see: Mashable: Google Brings Voice Calling to Gmail and TechCrunch: Google Voice Integrated into Gmail. Make and Receive Calls from the Browser.

 


 

Jennifer Pointer

 

Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.
 

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