I wrote about Google Voice back in August, and how it might be giving VOIP services like Skype some competition. Well, now, according to the Google Voice Blog, the service is getting an early Christmas from Santa Claus, and making some kids very happy in the process:
If you or your kids have a special request or message for Santa, you can leave him a message at his Google Voice number: 855-34-SANTA. Although he’s too busy to return messages himself, you can always create one on his behalf at the Send a Call From Santa site.
Ready to spread some holiday cheer? Listen to a sample message, and visit sendacallfromsanta.com to send a message of your own.
And don’t forget—if you want to keep up with Santa as he travels around the globe delivering presents on Christmas Eve, you can track his journey on Google Maps, on Google Earth with the plug-in and on your mobile phone, too.
I just sent one to a friend, and I thought it was adorable. I customized the nicknames used, added some other personal touches, and even chose which "holiday" we were celebrating (in this case, Christmas, but I could have sent a Chunukah greeting, or one of several others). The message can be sent by phone, e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter - all for FREE. Yes, it's an advertisement for Google Voice, but that's only fair, no?
Ho ho ho!
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