Just Got Access to Google Voice in One of My Gmail Accounts

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Works just as advertised, but here are a few observations:

  • the new phone icon is inconspicuously placed in the “Chat” box – if Google didn’t point it out so clearly when the feature is activated, you could almost miss it
  • Gmail doesn’t auto-recognize phone-numbers and so you can’t just click on a number in an email and initiate a call
  • if your account doesn’t have a Google Voice account associated with it, everything will work, but people obviously can’t call you back on this number (instead they will hear a message that says: “Hi, the person you are trying to call used Gmail from his or her computer.”)
Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at [email protected]

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