Google Launches Google Voice
Google bought out a telephony service called Grandcentral in 2007 and pretty much sat on it, until relaunching yesterday with Google Voice. So not only will Google have access to your email, it will offer a voicemail transcription service.
Oh, and users can now call any number in the US for free.
Google today finally announced its plans for GrandCentral, the telephony service it acquired in July 2007. GrandCentral will be reborn as Google Voice, a comprehensive suite of telephony services, including all of GrandCentral's features. In addition, Google Voice will also include an automated voicemail transcription service, the ability to send and receive text messages, and integration with your Gmail contacts. Users can now also call any number in the the U.S. for free.