I have already been using Google Voice for a while now and I have it set as a universal voice mail for me and now Google voice comes the browser. I also use Google voice to replace my Verizon voice mail and I like the back up plus the transcript text too.
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Google voice can now be used for free, at least for a while to call phones in the US and Canada. If you have used Skype, then you know the drill. BD
Just download the Google Talk plugin for your browser and you can then make calls to any U.S. or Canadian phone number directly from Gmail. And if you already use Google Voice you can make those calls anywhere else, too, for a very low per minute charge. The feature is fully integrated into Google Voice, which means you can set Google Voice to receive calls in Gmail, and use your Google Voice contact book. Dialing a phone number works just like a normal phone. Just click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name.