A Google Voice UK service is definitely on the way. Google head honcho, Eric Schmidt, has confirmed that the web phone service is headed to Britain and the mysterious Facebook-fighting social network Google Me got a mention too. Read on for a brief glimpse of the Google-tinged future to come…

At the Guardian Activate conference, after praising the “extraordinary growth” of the iPad, claiming that Google Wave is still relevant and talking about Google’s little trouble in big China town, Schmidt revealed that Google Voice UK is in the works.

Google Voice lets you use one number across multiple landlines and mobiles. It also packs in clever features like transcribing voicemails and offering up customised messages for particular callers.

While Apple has not approved the Google Voice iPhone app, Google swerved that issue by creating a Google Voice web app using HTML5. But unveiling Google Voice UK will still need the right infrastructure in place.

Schmidt didn’t go into details about how long we’ll have to wait for Google Voice to hit Britain but the fact that’s he’s talking publicly about it hopefully means we’ve not got long to wait.

Asked about whether the Google Me rumours are true, Schmidt was coy, saying: “That would be a product announcement and I won’t say.” After his non-denial, the interviewer, Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger concluded: “That sounds like a yes.” We think so too.

Let us know: are you gagging to get your hands on Google Voice? And if you’ve used Google Voice in the US, hit the comments to give us the benefit of your wisdom.

Out TBC | £free | Google (via Guardian)

  • jbs

    yesyesyes I want google voice nownownow

    • bensillis

      ditto

  • njs

    I have a Google Voice account from the US which I use in the UK. I have several US numbers running via VoIP to my Nexus One phone. Means I can make calls to the US for free and many other destinations for nearly nothing all from my mobile phone.
    Will work even better when it comes to the UK!

  • Tester
  • Elephant

    Google voice transcriptions suck. I switched to Ribbit, is that available in the UK?

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  • Chris

    I'll use the better-late-than-never excuse to post two months late….

    Google Voice service is pretty darn cool. But with the SMS feature, sometimes there is a long gap between sending and receiving a text. The online interface just rocks. So many settings. It really is like an answering service, forwarding system, and voicemail service. Transcription, however, is completely worthless. And I'm kinda wary of Google having every single word of every voicemail that I ever get, as part of their database. So I turned off transcription. International calls really are two cents a minute. We called Scotland from Texas for ten minutes. It cost twenty cents. Simple as that.

    I mirror others' eagerness. If we could just make calls from UK back to Texas throught Google Voice for two cents a minute, it would be absolutely killer!

    I would not recommend setting up Google Voice as your sole business line, though. It's their number as long as it's tied to a Google Account. So you have no control over changes in their policies, prices, etc in the future.

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