Undeterred by rejection from Apple, cries of foul play from Apple bedfellow AT&T, and the ensuing inquiry by the Federal Communications Commission, Google Voice continues to roll out to users.
Google, which in June began selectively issuing invites to Google Voice, on Oct. 13 said it will begin letting current Google Voice users invite up to three members.
Google Voice users over the next few weeks will see an "Invite a friend" link on the left-hand side of the Google Voice inbox:
I just checked my Voice account and I see no link. Google Voice Product Managers Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet provided a screenshot of the invite in a blog post today:
So, if you're a Google Voice user, keep an eye out. Google began this invite phase to address requests from Voice users who wanted to bring friends and family into the fold.
This makes total sense. Though Google Voice rings any phone with one number and transcribes voice mails (and boasts lots of other perks), the application is much more fun when friends and colleagues are using it. And Walker and Paquet said more Voice invites are forthcoming.
Request your invite here if you haven't already done so.
You may ask yourself whether it makes sense to join the Google Voice ranks when the FCC is investigating whether the app unfairly ducks laws that govern telephone companies. For all of the features that duplicate telco services, Google Voice is pretty disruptive.
Of course it does; Google Voice is free. You've got nothing to lose. If it gets taken away, you'll just continue being a slave to the old-line telco regime.