Google Voice is only available in the US (as of June 2010). Now that international users have been warned, here's what they are missing, according to the app's features:
- Cheap rates for international calls
- Free text messaging to US numbers
- Voicemail transcription
- Display your Google Voice number as caller ID when making calls
- Push notifications that alert you instantly when you receive a new voicemail or text message
- Most of your calls will be placed via Direct Access Numbers, making them connect just as quickly as regular phone calls
Google Voice for Android has been available for over a year, all the while Google has been trying to get it on the iPhone. There has been a lot of tension between Apple, Google, and possibly AT&T in regards to releasing Google Voice on the iPhone. In fact, Cupertino actually rejected Mountain View's submission of its Google Voice app over a year ago. Earlier this year, Google responded with an HTML5 version, and now Apple has finally accepted the actual app. Sometimes all it takes is a little help from the FCC to get Apple to loosen its grip.