Google Voice aims free program at military

Google said it will prioritize military requests so personnel receive invites within 24 hours.

Google today said it was launching a program that lets any active U.S. service member with a .mil email address sign up for a Google Voice account start using the free service within a day. Google said it will prioritize military requests so personnel receive invites within 24 hours.

The free service, announced in March, lets users unify their phone numbers, letting them have a single number through Google Voice that rings a call through to all their phones. Google Voice has a number of unique features including call transfer between a user's devices, multi-party conferencing, conversion of voice calls to text messages, cut-rate international calling, and call transcription.  Google also has integrated the Voice service with Gmail contact lists.

Google says its Google Voice service will let service members can set up an account before they deploy. Or if they're already deployed, families can set up an account for their service member.

With Google Voice, military personnel can setup a single phone number that doesn't change, even when they move -- all they have to do is update the phones their Google Voice number rings, and loved ones will always be able to get through.  And families with deployed service members can call their soldiers throughout out the day and leave voicemails.

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