Many of us here are big fans of Google Voice. TechCrunch is reporting today that Google has just acquired Gizmo5 for about $30 Million in an effort to flesh out the capabilities of its Google Voice service. Right now Google Voice allows you to have voice calls forwarded from your Google Voice number to another pre-existing number (home or mobile). Thus, so far as voice calls are concerned, Google Voice doesn’t really have all that much to offer in savings sans cheap international calling rates. Gizmo5 however, allows users to place and receive calls to any regular number from a computer for free. Adding that functionality to Google Voice can really bump up Google’s game.
For users who already use Google’s iGoogle page as we have covered in the past, imagine that when logging in, you are also logging into your phone service through your computer, allowing you to answer your phone without using any minutes–the only minutes you would be paying for would be those you use while truly out and about. We are waiting for some official announcement from Google, but until then this is all very exciting!