Google Voice Going Public

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The Google Voice team announced a few minutes ago that they have begun sending invitations to people wanting to signup for the phone dispatching and voice mail service.

“Invites for Google Voice are going out, and our list is huge, so it will take a while to get though them all. Be patient. Thanks!”
@googlevoice on Twitter.

No mention (yet) of porting existing numbers to Google Voice or using Google Voice with Google Apps for Domains.

Update: Confirmed by Official Google Blog.

Google is sending emails to people who have requested the Google Voice service. As an added touch, the signup procedure includes and opportunity to selected a number based on what the number spells out (a la 1-800-hot-babe). Says Google:

“Once you receive your invitation, just click on the link and follow the instructions to setup your new Voice account. To help you find a Google number that is personalized to you, we’ve added a number picker that lets you search by area code and text. See if you can find a number that contains your name, a specific word or a number combination.

Google Voice signup lets you "personalize" your number

Google Voice signup lets you “personalize” your number

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