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Google Voice + Gizmo5 = Last Phone You Will Ever Need


Google has recently bought up a VOIP (voice over internet protocol) company called Gizmo5. This is great news if you already have a Google Voice account. Between the two Google services and an Android powered device a person could get rid of their land line and cellular phone numbers altogether. You are probably thinking, "No more monthly phone bills? How is that possible and why didn't I know about this yet?"

Let me take a few minutes to explain everything to you. First you have to understand that Google provides just about everything for free. It is the way of the market in the open sourced world that we all know and live in today. With that being said I am going to talk about each service individually and explain how they will compliment each other once combined on an Android device. You could not know about this yet because the concept is still being developed by Google, but we should see some news this year sometime in 2010.
About Google Voice: Google Voice is an online phone message hub that also forwards your calls to you no matter where you are or what phone you are using. If you have not signed up with Google Voice yet, but have a GMail account then you should visit their website and request an invite. GV (Google Voice) has started off exactly the same way that GMail did, by invite only. If you are lucky enough to get an invite then you can choose your number by your local location or by mnemonic phrase . If you choose by your number by mnemonic phrase then you can select any word that you want and choose from the numbers that become available within your word's combination.

Once you get your number you will be able to integrate your current cellular device, landline phone, or even your work phones with your GV number. Once you have everything setup properly you will be able to take a call on any of your phones that you have programmed into the account. If you get a call on your home phone, work phone, or cellular phone then all three will ring so that you can pickup the call no matter where you are located. You can also have as many custom voice mail messages as you feel are necessary. You can setup groups that have customized voice mails they get played when a member of that group calls your number.

Google Voice also transcribes all your voice messages into text messages and then sends them to your email address. No more loosing or deleting an important text message because everything gets stored on Google's cloud servers. Here is an example as to how the storage space could come in handy. Let us say that you get a threatening voice message  from your ex - you can forward the message, playback the message on any phone or computer, and you can even save the message for an eternity if you need to. No more accidental deletion of an important message on any phone that you have as long as the message gets left on your GV number.

About Gizmo5 VOIP Service: Gizmo5 is a service that is exactly like it's most popular competition, Skype. You can get a call-in phone number for your account and you can hand out to your friends, family, or even to strangers. Log in on your computer when you turn it on and if a person has your Gizmo5 number they can contact you directly on your computer. You get also get voice message service and of course you can always send and receive text messages directly from your Gizmo5 account. There really is not much that is different when you compare Skype to Gizmo - other than the obvious fact that more people use Skype. (Which has been around longer)

In Gizmo5's recent updated version the online phone company is offering video connection calls. Video calls would put you face to face with the person that you are wanting to talk to. This is an excellent feature for business conference calls, great for long distance relationships, and can even help a soldier in a different country to see their children each day. Not only did Gizmo upgrade to allow video chat, but they also have released a smartphone platform. Now you can get Gizmo5 on your smartphone, which makes things interesting if you ask me...

With a smartphone you would be able to send and receive phone calls directly on your cellular device, as long as you have a WIFI connection. So in essence you do not even need to have your cellular phone's number even activated. What I mean is that you can buy an old or slightly outdated IPhone or smart phone that has WIFI capabilities and use it for your cellular phone without paying for the phone service. You can drive to a hotel, coffee shop, or even some restaurants and use your phone right in their parking lot for free! Of course, you would be restricted to places that have WIFI access. In my city, you can get an internet connection through WIFI almost anywhere, and if you can't then all you have to do is move a block in any direction to find one. The internet will continue to grow eventually anybody anywhere will be able to log into the net with just about anything.

Android powered devices: Google has released their version of many things such as an email service, a voicemail service, a search engine, their own maps, their own browser (Google Chrome), their own operating system (Chromium), and even their own mobile platform (Android). A mobile platform is the heart and guts to smartphones these days. Your smartphone generally is running a windows mobile software version, and if not then you have an IPhone. If you follow recent technology news you would know that Google wants to release an Android powered device that has just a data only connection. This means that you can purchase the device and just get your internet turned on on the phone. (Internet only should run around $10 to $20 per month) 

Alright you are officially filled in with the Google products and now I can put all the pieces of the puzzle together and you will be able to understand what I am saying. With these services working together a person could get a cellular phone with unlimited calling, unlimited text messages, unlimited voice message storage space, working GPS enabled maps, and so much more for just $10 to $20 per month.

All of America will use ATT (the company rumored to host the data plan on their network) once they back Google's move with the data only Android enabled device, and especially if they can provide internet connection for a low monthly price. Once Google integrates Gizmo5 and Google Voice a little better than a person could receive voice calls on their computer or Android device through the internet. The internet fees will be nothing in comparison to counting minutes that is standard with all major cellular phone providers.

In conclusion, if you want to get rid of your current cellular provider then this year may be the time to do so. Once Google gets all the kinks hammered out there will be a massive increase in Googlers worldwide just from the phone services they recently have offered alone. Who would have thought back in 1998 that Google would end up monopolizing the world with all their free services. (They literally have their hands in just about everything.)

I hope that I have helped you to understand how Google Voice + Gizmo5 + Android = A worldwide change in the way that humans communicate. As always, If I have helped you please re-tweet this article. If you are new to this website you should sign up for my RSS feed to continue getting quality info.

Mat said...
January 8, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

I wonder if you could use an old $40 WiFi Samsung SGH I730, out of service Verizon Wireless, for this?

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