Free phonecalls, thank you Google!
If you have been following me, long enough, you would know that I'm the last person to jump on bandwagons of idiotic brain farts from anyone (A dictionary picture of Brainfarts should show Google Wave)
But this time, I think the almighty Google are on to something. HUGE, as amazing and impactful as Gmal. Remember what Gmail did? It brought the whole concept of Free Email to the rest of the practical world utilizing fantastic new technologies (at the time) like Ajax and offering serious storage with a whopping 5 GB at a time when the next best thing (Hotmail and Yahoo mail) offered a suffocating 2MB. Crap, my non-digital watch has more space than that!
Soon after, everyone followed. Yahoo, Microsoft and just about anyone able to compete with true Mega services with Millions, and Gigabytes per user storage.
Now, Google makes the rest of the Computer world appear foolish, yet again, with Google Voice...
Not only that, but the service comes with a TON of features that up-to-recently AT&T, Verizon, and just about every telecom company was charging an arm and a leg for. I remember paying $7 a month for caller ID. In Jordan, I used to pay JD10 to Fastlink for caller ID.
Now, services you can't even imagine are available at your fingertips for the prime price of $0 ... Yes, FREE! Completely. You can have your own US based phone number from Google, or bring your own phone into the service.
Rest assured, this will be EVERYWHERE soon. Especially in telecome last strongholds in places like UAE with monopolies like Etisalat. Let's see them stand against Google!
One would ask, why didn't the Major players before Google get in this business? Why didn't Mighty Apple take up such a challenge? Or Microsoft? Or perhaps IBM. Or the ever-losing-and-going-down-the-crapper Yahoo! The answer is simple, with the exception of Apple, the rest have lost vision.
I predict Google Voice is going to be a mega success at the caliber of Facebook and Gmail. Only time will tell. But with this new thrust, Google has gone head to head, yet again, with just about everyone in that domain. From Microsoft with Office Communications Server, to Cisco with Unified Communication.
Let the price wars begin... Give me free phone, and give AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and the rest of the damn Long Distance Carriers death.
PS, if you're wondering. The service is still, like many of Google's projects, by invitation only, but you can signup, and cross your fingers