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Google Voice Now Gives Priority to Students 66

Posted by timothy
from the hang-onto-your-alumni-vanity-address dept.
theodp writes "Holy Logan's Run, Batman! Google on Friday began giving students priority access to its Google Voice service, which has remained in a closed beta since its transition from GrandCentral in March of last year. Typically, invites for the service can take anywhere from a few hours to several months to arrive after a user signs up. But Google is now promising students who cough up an .edu e-mail address access to the service within 24 hours. Good thing CMU closes e-mail accounts after graduation, or old fuddy-duddy alums like Brian Reid might try to sneak in!"
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Google Voice Now Gives Priority to Students

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  • Outside of USA (Score:3, Informative)

    by ProfMobius (1313701) on Saturday May 15, 2010 @07:18AM (#32218830)
    But Google is now promising students who cough up an .edu e-mail address access to the service within 24 hours.

    So much for all the students around the world who don't have email addresses ending in .edu

    Well, i guess it is time to check if no-ip.com has hosts ending in .edu and set-up a home mail server :)

    • Re:Outside of USA (Score:5, Informative)

      by mrrockford (1801968) on Saturday May 15, 2010 @07:49AM (#32218952)
      From my Google Voice acct: "Note that Google Voice is only available for sign up in the US"
    • by jc42 (318812)

      Well, i guess it is time to check if no-ip.com has hosts ending in .edu and set-up a home mail server :)

      Even better: Set up your own home degree-program-via-email. Then you can legitimately apply for a .edu domain, and you can make a bunch of money off the suckers.

      Of course, if you're a typical /. reader, you'll probably set up an actual online education web site for some topic that you're really interested in (but doesn't pay well). In that case, you're not making money off of "suckers", because they'l

  • World is not US of A (Score:3, Informative)

    by i ate my neighbour (1756816) on Saturday May 15, 2010 @07:26AM (#32218864)
    My university's domain doesn't end with .edu you insensitive clod!
    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 15, 2010 @07:31AM (#32218882)

      The reason that they're restricting it to .edu is because Google Voice is only available in the US for everyone. I mean, it still holds that the world isn't the USA, but if Google Voice is only available in the US, then it makes sense to use .edu. Google Voice happens to be a bit of an odd one when it comes to Google's services because voice services and the regulations that go along with them very from country to country - vs. the internet which is mostly unregulated and the same resource in most locations.

    • by zebrilo (1652077)
      Mine does, but I don't care
  • by IANAAC (692242) on Saturday May 15, 2010 @07:29AM (#32218870)
    I've been using GV (and before that GC) for a bit over a year, and it's been pretty reliable. then again, I only have used it for voicemail. I don't use it for SMS or making calls. Making calls through it just seems convoluted and unnecessary.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by vipz (1179205)

      I use it for international calling on my cellphone. Paying only a couple cents vs. a few dollars a minute that I assume all US mobile carriers are charging.

    • by caseih (160668)

      When you combine GV with a SIP service with free-incoming calls like Gizmo or Sipgate, then it suddenly becomes a lot more useful. I can now make and receive calls at very little cost. In fact it's now so cheap and so reliable that I've canceled my cell plan and only use a prepaid cell for the few times I don't have access to my sip phone. My cell phone is SIP-enabled, so anywhere there's wifi I can call via GV and SIP. Even if GV's outbound calling was a penny a minute, it would still be the cheapest w

    • by adolf (21054)

      I've been using GC and then GV for at least a few years.

      Calling out with Google Voice is quite easy on my Android phone. So is SMS, which is free using the Voice app.

      It's handy for me, because by communicating with GV exclusively, folks never know my actual cell phone number, but only my GV number. Which means that it never gets added to their phonebooks. Which means when they call me, they call GV, which is nice for all of the call-management stuff that GV offers. Also by keeping my actual number priva

  • by FuckingNickName (1362625) on Saturday May 15, 2010 @07:37AM (#32218910) Journal

    I guess it's like Facebook: target the young crowds, who then grow up thinking privacy policies unimportant when they enter the workplace.

  • ...local numbers where I am, or even number portability. If I want to use Google Voice, I'm stuck with a number in the same area code but long distance, or a number technically "local" but in a different geographical area code.

    It's not that my local area code is full; other VoIP wholesalers do have local numbers in the correct area code.

  • Hyperbole much? How is this Logan's Run? My parents believe I'm possessed by a demon, so no help from them to get into college. I got used to waiting until they dropped off my FAFSA, so I'm currently saving up so I don't need massive loans and I'll probably be entering college when I'm 32 or 35 or so. Am I missing something?

    Is getting reduced cost meals at some (otherwise) expensive restaurants downtown when one shows a student ID Logan's Run now? I must be missing something.

    • by russotto (537200)

      Hyperbole much? How is this Logan's Run? My parents believe I'm possessed by a demon, so no help from them to get into college. I got used to waiting until they dropped off my FAFSA, so I'm currently saving up so I don't need massive loans and I'll probably be entering college when I'm 32 or 35 or so. Am I missing something?

      Yes, there are full scholarships available for the possessed. Contrary to much popular lore, Satan does not want stupid servants; he needs well-educated minions to fill important positi

    • Basically same story here: Parents were too lazy to submit FAFSA (I wasn't assertive enough to see it through). Accepted to Rose-Hulman, ended up enlisted instead, which lasted 11 years. Completed my BSEE a few years after that, taking on a debt of $11K in 3 years of school including 1 very heavy summer term / 120 or so credits. Total bill was 49.5K (thanks, Montgomery GI Bill). Maybe I should have left after my first enlistment, but I had some great assignments.

      Anyways, if what you want to do with you

  • Great. I have no fewer than three student email addresses, but because they all end in .edu.au, no dice. Thanks, Google.
    • by pz (113803)

      Great. I have no fewer than three student email addresses, but because they all end in .edu.au, no dice. Thanks, Google.

      No, give priority to students studying at American schools. Huge difference, as something like 20% of the US college and university student population are foreign nationals. Americans studying abroad are just as out of luck as you are.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Google Voice is currently an _American_ service. The phone #s are only available in the USA. So even if they did give you an account, it's not like you'd be able todo much with it down under

    • by Dishevel (1105119) *
      Typical. I have to say that if you are any indication that the state of education in the world as a whole is no better than here in the US. If you had any ability to understand simple concepts you would know that Google Voice is only available in the US. This is not because Google loves the US and hates crappy foreign countries. This is because they only have US numbers to hand out. If Google for instance gave you a US number you would then rack up massive LD bills and whine on /. how deceptive they were.

      W

  • Now, let us wait for next version of Android OS which will be completely integrated with google-account
  • I've been using Google Voice to make calls and last night got a "try again later" for the first time. So maybe all the lines were used by .edu users. I actually have a .edu address that is just forwarded to gmail.. maybe I'll invite myself if I ever get invites.

    For some reason GV's systems make my voice more intelligible to my 70yo mom, who has a mild hearing loss. We've decided this is not an illusion...trying multiple calls from both my land line and mobile with and without GV. It always sounds better

  • Good thing CMU closes e-mail accounts after graduation, or old fuddy-duddy alums like Brian Reid might try to sneak in!"

    Yeah, except their alumni forwarding emails also end in .edu

  • Email addresses ending with @alum.[your school].edu work just fine. I think most schools offer alumni forwarding.
  • I've been using GV (since GC days actually) with Gizmo as a landline at home , mostly as a number to give businesses that want my phone number (think cable/gas/credit card companies) and it's been swell. I've got an ATA to handle the SIP so I even got a traditional cordless handset from my landline days hooked up to it.

    I want to get friends set up with something similar and want to play around more with GV with a cellphone + SIP as well but since folding Gizmo in, Google has closed off signups (you can find

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