Thursday, November 16, 2006

Google's done it again - click to call

Google has introduced one more neat feature on Google Maps - Click to Call!
Read about it here. And try it out - it really works.

There are several services like this, JaJah is one that charges a small fee to connect your phone to somebody else's (but does it internationally). This is a great step in telephony and computing and just being connected.

Already, through VOIP, if you call my work phone, it gets forwarded to my home office and simultaneously rings on my cell phone. With instant messaging, VPN and wi-fi, any place with internet and cell phone connection is just the same as my office.

I don't use any soft-phone service like Skype, but I am tempted. I still like being able to walk away from my computer and through a smaller more portable device (like my cell phone) still be connected.

Google recently launched Java based Gmail client for phones and it works on my phone. They also just released Google Maps for mobile devices. They both work great, although I need a bigger data plan.

This is what Web 2.0 and 3.0 are going to turn into. Sweet.

3 comments:

Jeff said...

I just used this to call my dentist. It worked perfectly. Google is doing some amazing things.

Anonymous said...

I understand the technology for this is provided by VoIP, Inc. the same company who has been providing Google's Click to Call service since December 2005. This company also provided the technology behind a promotional campaign for the new season of "America's Next Top Model" on the CW Network which allowed allows fans to send and receive personalized phone messages from Trya Banks, the show's star. The company also worked on the successful "Snakes on a Plane" phone campaign that featured the voice of Samuel L. Jackson.

And, in October, VoIP, Inc. began powering what could be the largest Click to Call promotional campaigns ever developed, for the NFL Network.

It's all on their website, www.voipinc.com. Check out TMC's Rich Tehrani's blog about this too: http://news.tmcnet.com/news/2006/11/17/2088204.htm

Beau said...

Hey, I used that "Snakes on a Plane" campaign. That was pretty cool.

I wouldn't mind getting a call from Tyra banks, either.