So now you have Google Voice.
3G? Hows the quality? Wi-Fi? The quality is much better.
So one has to ask... why was Google looking for all of the unsecured wi-fi's and mapping them out?
Sure you can argue that they are just using them as reference points as an alternative to SATNAV.
(You can assume that the wi-fi points are stationary and as you drive around, you can triangulate the fixed position based on your known location (SATNAV) and the signal strength. Do this for enough 'open' wi-fis and even if a point moves, you could use them to triangulate your position.
Now IANAL, but that would be a gray area. Actually one shouldn't care of the wi-fi was open or secured, you're just looking at the SSID which is being broadcast.
But Google was mapping 'open' or rather unsecured wi-fi.
If you believe in Occam's Razor, the only reason to do this would be to hop a free ride.
While one may try to justify their own 'freetard' views of 'borrowing' an open wi-fi connection, it is in fact illegal to actually do so.
I realize that this is slightly off topic, but if one were to make a call using Google Voice, using wi-fi would mean no charges to AT&T for data plan usage.
Of course that assumes that the android phone or the google iPhone app would automatically turn on this feature since wi-fi networks tend to offer better throughput than 1G and 3G on AT&T.
I wasn't sure by what the author meant in ... "Google Voice will do that by intercepting outgoing calls and connecting you instead to Google's servers, which then connect to your destination using VoIP for the longer part of the journey. Callers get your Google Voice number on the caller ID and you pay Google if the call goes outside the USA."
Intercepting outgoing calls and connecting to Google's servers? How? Wi-fi/3G data, or routing cell call to a local google voice switch? (That would make Google a telco).
I think that those in charge (FCC) should take a closer look.
It would be interesting to run a 'Honey Pot' and see what happens...