Just Got Access to Google Voice in One of My Gmail Accounts

Works just as advertised, but here are a few observations:

  • the new phone icon is inconspicuously placed in the “Chat” box – if Google didn’t point it out so clearly when the feature is activated, you could almost miss it
  • Gmail doesn’t auto-recognize phone-numbers and so you can’t just click on a number in an email and initiate a call
  • if your account doesn’t have a Google Voice account associated with it, everything will work, but people obviously can’t call you back on this number (instead they will hear a message that says: “Hi, the person you are trying to call used Gmail from his or her computer.”)