I saw this announcement this morning — so I haven’t had a lot of time to think about this yet. First the article:

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/11/12/google-paid-30m-for-gizmo5-did-the-search-giant-just-blow-up-t/

Some knee jerk reactions (both Pro and Con)

Pro

  1. The acquisition just makes sense — with all the effort Google has put into Google Voice and the Android platform, this is a logical extension.
  2. At some point, the ability to make Wi-Fi calls may become a problem for the carriers. If I can make local calls over Wi-Fi (see the con section below) — I see this as a problem for the voice carriers, but I guess the “insurance” for them is that the “unlimited” data  plans are usually capped at around 5 GB a month — I am not sure how much usage bandwidth voice takes.

Con’s

  1. For the most part, I still think it’s hard to completely replace a home line. Even with a plan that has rollover minutes — what happens if you make a lot of local calls during business hours? I haven’t done the math, but I still think you get a better value having vonage for the $30 (including taxes)
  2. There is something to be said for having a Vonage account and using one of the wireless phone systems that include 4 or 5 handsets. One benefit is that you should always have a phone charged and ready to go, assuming of course your family puts them back into the holder. With a mobile phone, at some point you need to connect it to a power cord.