After requesting an invite what seems like centuries ago. I finally got my invite to Google Voice.
Let me tell you, it's amazing. I selected my own phone number and managed to keep the last 4 digits of my real cell the same.
Anyway...the best part is for those Visual Voicemail users or transcription service subscribers (youmail and <insert other companies here>) you'll like that the Google transcribes voicemails for FREE!.
They also allow you to send a call to voicemail all messages are sent to your Google Voice inbox, you can have a link emailed to you to listen to your voicemail. The message is transcribed and sent in a text. Aaaaand while they're leaving a voicemail you can listen in on the vm (using your phone) and if you like what you hear you can pick up the call in mid-voicemail).
As usual Google went above and beyond. The emailed vm link and transcription was critical for me as it allowed me to have a make-shift Visual Voicemail.
Only one problem, the email link to listen to vm doesn't play well with the Pre so no sound. But the transcription sent to text makes up for it.
Side note: Palm really needs to get it together when it comes to opening email links of certain types and email file attachments. I'm really starting to get annoyed.
Example 1: Couldn't open an HTM file attached to an email. That was annoying!
Example 2: Couldn't listen to the Google Voice voicemail through a link (I assume it was a streaming link).
Example 3: PDF file sent to me wouldn't open properly.
Example 4: Word Doc emailed to me wouldn't open at all.
A smartphone should at the very least open the most basic/common of file types. Hope to see these issues resolved soon.