Brace Yourself for Google VoIP

It looks like Google has been developing its Google Voice telephony service into a Skype-rivalling VoIP operation in 2010, which might just mean that it’s finally opened up to everyone with Gmail account.

The new feature means users can now make calls directly from their PC to a normal phone line using Google Voice, which is currently only available in the US. This brings Google into a such a crowded space including Skype.

At present, Google Voice offers a single phone number to replace your existing landline, mobile phone and any other lines you have. With voicemail transcription, threaded SMS, easy conference calling and a web-based admin panel it’s hugely popular with its invite-only US users.

Google has been playing around with a VoIP enabled desktop app for a while now, and even bought VoIP firm Gizmo5 a while back, but this integration into Google Chat is the first hint of things to come.

Here is the  screenshot:

Clicking on the phone icon causes a dialer to pop up, allowing the user to dial a number, find a contact or check their credit balance.

Becoming a fully VoIP-based service would also allow Google Voice to expand internationally more quickly, meaning we could all be using it in a year’s time.

Whether or not the VoIP capability will find its way into the Google Voice app for their Android based smartphones remains to be seen, but if it does, it could mean bad news for carrier voice packages as people would be able to make unlimited calls to each other using their Google numbers.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

6 Responses to Brace Yourself for Google VoIP

  1. I don’t think it will kill Skype but it will certainly put downward pressure on their prices and encourage them to innovate more.

  2. Certainly. I am looking forward to making free calls on my android phone once google voice comes to france. Voip is one benefit but the nuanced call management is the real magic. Plus it opens the possibility of dumping voice plans entirely in favor of data only plans. I can’t imagie how much I would save in text and voice fees.

  3. Guisun Han says:


    It’s really good to write this reply!

    Thanks VoIP, Google VoIP and Elias Shams!

    I think Gooble VoIP might be good communication tool for us! (But for US and Canada only right now) 😦

    Hoping this might happen in Korea too.

    With my regards,

    Guisun Han

  4. Did I miss something? The article doesn’t mention any kind of a souce that i saw. Last time I checked google just opened up voice to everyone, but hasn’t changed anything about how it works. It’s just a switched pstn type service. If they’ve done some upgrades, great, please tell me where I can learn more.

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