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Title: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on July 26, 2009, 05:28:17 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/4232368305-voice_logo_sm.gif)

Google Voice (http://www.google.com/mobile/products/voice.html#p=default) gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail as easy as email, and lots of cool calling features.

I recently received my invitation and was wondering how many other have also received theirs ?
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: DavidR on July 26, 2009, 06:17:54 PM
[Slightly Off Topic]
I have just been reading a very interesting article in the MicroMart magazine about Google V Microsoft, and the crux of it was things like this that set Google apart. Basically it is saying MS is trying to retain the Status Quo, Market share and monitoring the competitors . Whilst Google is innovative and looking at how things can be made better (like this) and gain from that as a by product.

I thing they gave the market capitalisation of MS as over $200BN and Google $134BN, not bad since Google has only be around since 1998 and MS seems to have been around forever.
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Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: roro on July 26, 2009, 11:41:29 PM
Hi DavidR,
I just clicked on your link to Google Voice.  I don't understand the need for an invite.  It looked like you could use the service as long as you gave them your phone number and joined.  I have a tracfone and a Magic Jack. Does this service do the same thing as they do without charging.   If I got rid of my Magic Jack would it work over the internet just the same with just my tracfone?  It is confusing to me.   ???
RoRo
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: DavidR on July 27, 2009, 12:31:04 AM
Not my link but Bob's link.

In the beginning there was gmail (pun) and you had to be invited to that party too, as primarily until they have the resources to fully support it, then it would be restricted.

Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on July 27, 2009, 01:02:14 AM
Hi DavidR,
I just clicked on your link to Google Voice.  I don't understand the need for an invite.  It looked like you could use the service as long as you gave them your phone number and joined.  I have a tracfone and a Magic Jack. Does this service do the same thing as they do without charging.   If I got rid of my Magic Jack would it work over the internet just the same with just my tracfone?  It is confusing to me.   ???
RoRo
RoRo,
It works only with certain cell phones at present. I use the on-line application as an easy way to send text messages. It is not a replacement for another phone
but a way for you to be reached at any of your phones by having people call you at just one number -- your Google Voice #
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: roro on July 27, 2009, 01:33:05 AM
Sorry about the mixup Bob.  Thanks for the link. It is a very interesting thing that Google is doing and I may take advantage of it when it becomes available to me.

RoRo
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on July 28, 2009, 02:39:29 PM
iTunes blocking the Google Voice app from their store (http://www.lockergnome.com/usrbingeek/2009/07/27/join-me-in-boycotting-the-apple-itunes-store/)
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: Sesame on July 28, 2009, 04:14:47 PM
Here (http://phandroid.com/2009/02/10/apple-dont-touch-me-google-okay/), you can glance at the relationship between Apple and Google through multi-touch function.  Now with Chrome OS and Android, it's quite obvious what Google is aiming at and Jobs is not known for his generosity.
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on July 28, 2009, 05:25:55 PM
It's usually the reaction of some one who is running scared....
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: Sesame on July 28, 2009, 05:34:44 PM
It's usually the reaction of some one who is running scared....
So, can the same psychology be applied to this one (http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE56D5MU20090714), too?  ;D
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on July 28, 2009, 05:46:49 PM
It's usually the reaction of some one who is running scared....
So, can the same psychology be applied to this one (http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE56D5MU20090714), too?  ;D
Yes! Quite possible.... :)
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: Sesame on July 28, 2009, 06:03:19 PM
Then, I value your wise words, bob3160.  ;)  For, so far, Google is successful in keeping things interesting as if they expanded Silicon Valley to the world through the net.
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on July 28, 2009, 06:14:04 PM
Fully agree. I'm more than happy to share some of my published stuff with Google in return for all
the free killer apps. :)
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: YoKenny on July 29, 2009, 10:53:00 AM
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Apple Is Growing Rotten To The Core: Official Google Voice App Blocked From App Store
 
by Jason Kincaid on July 27, 2009 

Earlier today we learned that Apple had begun to pull all Google Voice-enabled applications from the App Store, citing the fact that they “duplicate features that come with the iPhone”. Now comes even worse news: we’ve learned that Apple has blocked Google’s official Google Voice application itself from the App Store. In other words, Google Voice — one of the best things to happen to telephony services in a very long time — will have no presence at all on the App Store. If there’s ever been a time to be furious with Apple, now is it.
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/27/apple-is-growing-rotten-to-the-core-and-its-likely-atts-fault
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on July 29, 2009, 04:18:00 PM
Official Google Voice App Blocked From App Store

To me this is just another for of censorship. It's just not being imposed by the expected party....
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on July 29, 2009, 04:24:41 PM
Here's some more backlash info on Apple/Att bad decision:
http://lifehacker.com/5324724/bad-apple-an-argument-against-buying-an-iphone (http://lifehacker.com/5324724/bad-apple-an-argument-against-buying-an-iphone)
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: YoKenny on July 29, 2009, 07:13:26 PM
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Apple Rejects Official Google Voice iPhone App
By matt buchanan, 12:34 AM on Tue Jul 28 2009,     

Now we know why Google Voice apps were only released for BlackBerry and Android. Apple rejected Google's official Google Voice app when it was submitted for approval six weeks ago.
http://gizmodo.com/5324268/apple-rejects-official-google-voice-iphone-app <== read the comments

Anyways iPhone iWon't
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on July 29, 2009, 10:07:19 PM
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Anyways iPhone iWon't

iPhone iWon't because iPhone iCan'tAfford.  ;D

Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: DavidR on July 29, 2009, 10:25:23 PM
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Anyways iPhone iWon't

iPhone iWon't because iPhone iCan'tAfford.  ;D

iAgree, iAlso hate being locked in to 1Phone company (whose coverages in my area is poor) even if iCould afford the iPhone, so iPhone, iThink not.
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: YoKenny on July 30, 2009, 06:11:59 PM
The Washington Post
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Is the iPhone Causing Apple to Lose the Plot?

Nicholas Deleon
TechCrunch.com
Wednesday, July 29, 2009; 5:40 PM

Is Apple losing the plot? I ask this because, having just read this bollocks (Apple wants to make jailbreaking illegal because it supposedly threatens our nation's cellphone tower infrastructure, and thereby threatens our national security)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/29/AR2009072903674.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter

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iPhone Jailbreaking Could Crash Cellphone Towers, Apple Claims
By David Kravets  July 28, 2009 

The nation’s cellphone networks could suffer “potentially catastrophic” cyberattacks by iPhone-wielding hackers at home and abroad if iPhone owners are permitted to legally jailbreak their shiny wireless devices — that’s what Apple claims.
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/07/jailbreak/comment-page-1

Background:
Apple v. EFF: The iPhone Jailbreaking Showdown
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/05/apple-v-eff-the-iphone-jailbreaking-showdown
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on July 30, 2009, 06:55:47 PM
Maybe if the iPhone in the wrong hands is that dangerous then maybe
the iPhone should be recalled and removed from the marketplace.  ??? ???
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: Sesame on July 31, 2009, 07:02:46 AM
Here[url] is yet another snip from Tech Crunch. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/30/fed-up-a-popular-mac-developer-quits-the-iphone/)
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: YoKenny on July 31, 2009, 04:18:52 PM
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I Quit The iPhone 

Michael Arrington
TechCrunch.com
Friday, July 31, 2009; 1:46 AM

I have loved the iPhone, but now I am quitting the iPhone.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/31/AR2009073100971.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on August 10, 2009, 03:47:00 PM
Google Voice Can Sneak onto iPhone (http://www.pcworld.com/article/169898/google_voice_can_sneak_onto_iphone.html?tk=nl_ddx_h_topnews)
Wonder how long this will work ??? or, how quickly will Apple block this bypass ???
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: spg SCOTT on August 10, 2009, 03:55:23 PM
Google Voice Can Sneak onto iPhone (http://www.pcworld.com/article/169898/google_voice_can_sneak_onto_iphone.html?tk=nl_ddx_h_topnews)
Wonder how long this will work ??? or, how quickly will Apple block this bypass ???

I don't know how it would be blocked, if it could, it's a web site...(would they be breaking some kind of  law if they did?)
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on August 24, 2009, 10:13:34 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/4232368305-voice_logo_sm.gif)

The Google Voice app scandal: is Apple losing control over the iPhone? (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=23096)

Sounds like Apple's answers where prepared by a Politician.  ;D
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: spg SCOTT on August 24, 2009, 10:20:03 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob3160/4232368305-voice_logo_sm.gif)

The Google Voice app scandal: is Apple losing control over the iPhone? (http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=23096)

Sounds like Apple's answers where prepared by a Politician.  ;D


I like this one:
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In its answers, the company points out that it “spent a lot of time and effort developing this distinct and innovative way to seamlessly deliver core functionality of the iPhone” and goes on to point out how Google’s app “replaces” some of Apple’s phone features.

There are many apps that 'replace' the features, GPS apps for instance...

I have a couple on my ipod touch that do just that, but they got approved...hmmm...

-Scott-
Title: Re: Google Voice
Post by: bob3160 on August 24, 2009, 11:43:50 PM
Sounds like Apple is "afraid of the big bad wolf"  ;D ;D ;D