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5 Reasons to Use Google Voice

A lot of you guys have signed up for a Google Voice account, but I've heard a lot of people say they weren't entirely sure what the fuss was all about. If you're considering an account (or an invite) but aren't sure what you'd use it for, check out my favorite reasons for using Google Voice below.

  1. A phone number you'll have forever, but other people won't — Your Google Voice number is one you'll keep forever (at least until we communicate mentally), but it's one you can give out freely without being leery about the person you're giving it to. Suggestions for this include using it for Craigslist transactions (because you don't always know who you're dealing with) and people you meet but aren't sure they're not total freaks. If they turn out to be weird, you can easily block them.
  2. It's all online — You manage everything online with Google Voice, so you'll never go through some confusing automated menu. Manage all your settings, check out your visual voicemail and download messages as MP3s, and read voicemail transcripts, so you don't have to put a phone to your ear if you don't want to.
  3. Ring more than one phone — If you have a bad habit of not hearing your cell phone or you don't want to pick up your cell for whatever reason, you can also set the number to ring your house line, your friend's phone, or the phone at the hotel you're staying at.
  4. Best call screening ever — You can set up Voice to make callers say their first and last name before you answer; you can set it to identify all unknown callers or just blocked callers.
  5. Custom greetings — Your outgoing voicemail greeting is rarely one-size-fits-all. You can set up custom voicemail greetings for groups if, for instance, you're applying for jobs and want a very formal greeting, but a casual one for everyone else.
TheTechLady TheTechLady 5 years
 @RealDreams    Tried out the GVJack App like you suggested.   I didn't have a landline but my cellphone coverage at home is terrible.  This fixes that problem and is going to save my minutes too.     The part I like most about it is that it speaks out the name of the person calling so I don't even have to look at the phone display.   I also use Skype to talk with my husband stationed overseas and my phone also works with that too.    Thanks !!!
Dominique2522166 Dominique2522166 5 years
GV is great!  Free phone number, free voice mail, one number (and the same number) to use regardless of who your mobile service is at the time. I also use an Obihai OBi110 internet phone device with my GV account and home router.  I was able to completely get rid of my land line and keep the convenience of using my regular cordless home phones. There's no need to keep a computer on like you have to do with Magicjack.  The call quality is actually better than the AT&T line I had before.  I needed some kind of service here because my cell signal is really weak at home.  This OBi has worked out pretttttty goood! :-)
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 5 years
I have never thought about getting Google Voice but this makes me want to.
RealDreams RealDreams 5 years
I set up free home phone service by converting an expired magicJack dongle phone adapter over to Google Voice using the GVJACK program at .         The only thing I had to do after I installed the program was log into my Gmail account to start making free calls with my phone.  I also logged into my Google Voice account and set it up so when somebody calls me it rings my "GVJACK" home phone and my mobile phone at the same time.  It's like having a free extension of my mobile phone service to use at home that does not burn up minutes or flake out when the signal strength is bad.   My brother had an old expired magicJack dongle sitting around he gave me to use but Ebay seems to have plenty of them for sale for under $5.  This setup is cheap and actually works - definitely worth checking out.
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