On 7/3/2010 2:00 PM, hr(bob)
I've had it for some time. The good
thing is that when you call my Google
Voice number, I've set it up to ring
both the house land line and a cell
phone. Whichever answers 1st gets the
call. The voice mail on GV is pretty
nice too. It sends you an email with
the message translated into words on the
screen. You can also click on it and
listen to the original recording.
This would be a very nice feature for someone like my sister. She
lives in Alabama near the Georgia line. She has to pay extra so she
can make unlimited calls to Atlanta/Georgia area.
This would effectively allow her to change her phone number to Georgia
which I am sure she would much rather have.
Thanks for the tip.
I wonder how often Google sells the number to telemarketers.
I have it and like it. The only thing I don't like is that if I am
screening and waiting to hear my answering machine pick up, I won't
hear anyone who has dialed the Google Voice number, as GV will
intercept the call before it rings through to the machine. Also, the
"send your voice mail to email" feature is only semi-helpful, as the
speech recognition technology renders the written message pretty much
meaningless; you really have to dial in and listen.
I really like the ability to choose a number that is local for those
who call you the most often (I set it up to be local for my son's
family) and the free texting and almost-free calling, even for
international calls. Keep in mind that if you will be dialing in to
route calls through your GV account, you may want a number that's
local for you (won't matter on your cell phone, of course).
I've been using it since the old 'Grand Central' days...
For me, it biggest feature is the free 24/7 domestic calls. It's saved
me bundles so far. Definitely get a number, other than placing
international calls, it's all free.
If you have a web site, GV has a widget you can include for family
friends customers or who ever to call you toll free (within the US).
GV has tons of other features as well.
I saw somewhere within the last week or so that Google has now opened GV
up to the public, as in no more invites or waiting lists to get a number.
I've had it for a while and it's fine, except:
occasionally the sound quality isn't that good, so I'm glad I didn't
put my google voice # on my business cards (so I'm continuing to pay
around $7/month for voicemail).
callers hear a message that google voice is trying to locate you, and
then it rings where you tell it (maybe there's a way to turn this off
but I haven't bothered to look)
the speech-to-text voicemail feature (it'll email messages) isn't very
but it's free! (for now, anyway)
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I was an early adopter of Hagicjack and it worked so so at first but
improved with time. The adapter stopped working but I keep the number
to give out to hospitals, insurance companies, banks and especially
any government agency. The calls go to voice-mail and are sent to my
Email as wave files. For $20.00 a year I have a phone number that I can
give out to anyone who is likely to violate my privacy or pester me.
I've had a Google Voice number almost since it came out. It is very nice
to have a local number for may faminly to call in Phoenix and it rings my
phones here in Boise. It has quality issues at times with latency and
dropped calls. I've had a few clients who use the number for their
business with dubious results. I think it's fine for residential non
critical use but not for business use.
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I told my brother about it and he signed up. He loves it! His wife calls
her relatives in the Netherlands weekly and he just went from .12 per minute
to .02 for most international calling. He told her to talk all she wants,
which she always did anyway!
Thanks for the opinions!
I think I am going to like Google Voice.
I wish they would allow you to receive a fax too. My fax machine is
suppose to be able to detect the difference between a fax call and a
voice call, but I have to set the fax machine to manual to receive a
fax, and give out my voice number.
Anyone know where Google takes suggestions? I see the day coming when
I am so dependant on Google's free features that I am going to end up
paying them thru the nose for them.
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