By turning Google Voice into a true VoIP option, Google makes your phone company's expensive voice plans completely optional.
Today different websites are claiming that you can now connect to Google (GOOG) Voice through an industry standard set of Voice over IP (VoIP) standards called SIP. What this means in layman's terms is that you'll soon be able to connect to your Google Voice account in mostly the same way that you use your "phone" application on a smartphone. Other VoIP providers like Skype also offer this type of functionality but aren't built into Android devices like Voice is.
There are two additional roadblocks for Google Voice before users can totally throw their voice plans out, however. More
Google's Voice services are set to go mainstream in 2011.
Google (GOOG) is testing number portability on Google Voice (update: it was just taken down) which allows users to move their primary phone number to Google and then forward to a new number assigned by their carrier. I did this a few months ago at the invitation of Google and haven't looked back. I can now forward my calls to my landline, MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 20, 2011 12:13 AM ET
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