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Google gives Voice to students as Gizmo integration looms

May 17, 2010: 4:21 PM ET

Google is now offering a Google Voice invite to anyone with an .edu email address.

The announcement, made on the official Google Voice Blog, lets the floodgates open to users interested in managing their voice communications with Google.

Google offers a free phone number, Voicemail transcription, call routing, cheap international calling and a bunch of other cool features with Voice. (Great video overview of Google Voice services here.)

Until now, the free service had been invite-only, but now students (and apparently faculty/staff/teachers/alumni -- really anyone with a school email address -- can sign up. The service now counts 1.4 million US users but will probably explode with the current offer.

Already Google is saying, "Update (5/17): The response to this has been higher than expected. It might take us a little longer to get you your invites -- but sit tight, they'll come as soon as possible."

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