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Facebook Messenger Gains Voice Messaging Feature, VoIP in Canada

If you’re an optimist, you might see Facebook’s many entries into Internet messaging as diverse, giving users many options for getting in touch with friends and family. With the main Facebook app, as well as the Messenger and Poke apps, there are indeed many ways that you can interact with those you’re connected to on the service. If you’re a cynic, or heck, if you’re just someone who prefers services that are streamlined, you may see Facebook’s many apps as confusing pieces of a fragmented messaging strategy.

Whichever side of the boat you’re on, you have one more feature to love or loathe. Facebook is adding voice messaging to its Messenger app — just its Messenger app — and is also testing out voice over IP (VoIP) calls for Messenger users in Canada. Just Canada.

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Google Prepares For Google Voice

Last month, Google grabbed 1 million phone numbers; a move that implies we may soon see the availability of Google Voice.  The service from the internet giant “lets users unify their phone numbers, allowing them to have a single number through Google Voice that rings a call through to all their phones.”  There has been much speculation that the service will be open to the public very soon.

In 2007, Google acquired GrandCentral for $45 Million.  The result was the still-anticipated Google Voice service.  The Google Voice homepage lists the following features:

  • Call screening – Announce and screen callers
  • Listen in – Listen before taking a call
  • Block calls – Keep unwanted callers at bay
  • SMS – Send, receive, and store SMS
  • Place calls – Call US numbers for free
  • Taking calls – Answer on any of your phones
  • Phone routing – Phones ring based on who calls
  • Forwarding phones – Add phones and decide which ring
  • Voicemail transcripts – Read what your voicemail says
  • Listen to voicemail – Check online or from your phone
  • Notifications – Receive voicemails via email or SMS
  • Personalize greeting – Vary greetings by caller
  • Share voicemail – Forward or download voicemails
  • Conference calling – Join people into a single call
  • Call record – Record calls and store them online
  • Call switch – Switch phones during a call
  • Mobile site – View your inbox from your mobile
  • GOOG-411 – Check directory assistance
  • Manage groups – Set preferences by group

The best thing of all, though, is that the service is completely free.  As of now, it is only open to GrandCentral users, but that is soon to change.

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