Google voice UK has arrived – well, minus the component that makes it so attractive, which is the chance for you to have a phone number for life that can be routed to other services like your mobile or land-line. The reason I am assuming for this is because in the States they bought a major mobile company that offered this service, but in the UK as far as I know this isn’t an available option. But here it is – just look on the left hand side of your gmail account and you’ll see a ‘call phones’ line of text (having said that I just looked and it’s gone again – teething troubles)?
However when you click the ‘upgrade my account’ tab in the google voice section it does ask you to provide a US telephone number – and there are ways of getting one of these without living in the states – this company seems to be offering them for a small charge.
This is one of the last barriers to true location independence, the ability to have a phone with you that doesn’t cost the earth. Bring it on.