Correspondent Janet Shamlian broke the news on The Today Show, and according to Google Voice’s Twitter account, "Invites to people on reservations list [are] starting to go out." Note the word “starting.” Basically, Google admitted that its waiting list is huge, and it may a little time to get down the whole list. So if you signed up, but haven’t gotten yours yet, don’t worry if it doesn’t arrive immediately. It will happen.
Of course, if you were a customer of Grand Central, the previous name for the unified calling service, then you’re probably already enjoying the beta release. I got a chance to test drive the service as well, so I’ll post some thoughts on it later today.
The news has run on multiple blogs, including Lifehacker. If you saw that post, you may have noticed the following item:
“Update 3: In a related, but far more disappointing, development, Google seems to have pulled the ability to send SMS through Gmail's chat box, at least from our view and many Twitter users'. If you still have SMS available through your chat box, let us know in the comments.”
If this is a deal-breaker for you (or even just a desired feature), take heart — This is not true, at least in my case. I can definitely still send SMS messages through my account, so this might just be a glitch for some users.
[via BoyGenius Report, Lifehacker, PCWorld]