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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri

    Google Voice

    Anyone else been testing out the free Google Voice (

    They are only giving out invites to use it right now. I submitted for an invite two weeks ago and got the invite a day or two ago.

    Basically they let you pick a U.S. phone number (only available in the U.S.) and forward any calls to that number to one or more phones. You get voice mail with it that you can check from the Internet, BlackBerry, iPhone, or any other phone by calling the chosen number. The voice mail feature will transcribe the voice mail automatically and email it to you. There is also a call screening feature for when you answer. You have the option to send the caller to voice mail, but still listen to the message as they are leaving it, then pop in if you choose to do so.

    Since my wife and I only have cell phones now (no home phone), this gives us the option to give out the Google number rather than my cell phone number. Once I'm in the voice mail, it gives me the option to dial a number as the Google number to keep them from knowing my cell number. All calls in the U.S. are free, cell phone minutes will apply. Mobile to mobile minutes wouldn't be used if calling through the Google number, so be aware of that.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Rochester, NY
    Darren, This looks really nice. I sent off my request. Thanks

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    University Place, WA
    I have had it a couple weeks now, really is pretty cool. My daughter got it last weekend and it solved a problem for her. She lives in Colorado now but does not want to give up her cell number with her old area code so friends and family from here can still call her with out it being long distance. She got a local (to her now) number to give to folks in Colorado so it would not be long distance for them. She also really likes how the voice mail transcribes the message and sends it as text to her cell.
    PS: This is not for cell phones only. You can also make free long distance calls from your land line but for that you have to dial it from your computer.
    Last edited by Scott Donley; 07-31-2009 at 06:59 PM.

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