Google has made its Google Voice application available to students.
A statement announcing the launch, posted on the Google Voice Blog on Friday, states that users will be required to register with their .edu domains before Google will send them invitations to join the service.
Google Voice offers a Google phone number with free text messaging, transcribed voice mails, low international call rates, the ability to route all the incoming calls and several other call management and conferencing features.
The decision comes few days after Microsoft announced its collaboration with Facebook in a move to allow users to share their files via Docs.com.
Google Voice, which has accumulated 1.4 million users since inception, is currently only available in the US and allows one invitation per e-mail address.
Google has developed a special version of the Google Voice application for the iPhone, despite Apple declining to include the application into its apps store.