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Summary : Google Voice has been extended as a free service till 2013. We are reporting 6 features of Google Voice most people don't know.
After so much hype about Google voice, there is no chance that you are still unaware of it. However, we have experienced that even though this is one of the best offerings from Google, some people are still not aware of its true potential. Moreover, one of our avid readers recently emailed with a question about his home phone needs, and the answer to that question was Google Voice and ObiHai combo. Therefore, today we bring out the salient features of Google Voice so that next time you have a say when your geek friends talk about it. Even if you know that Google Voice lets you make free calls and free text messages there is much more to it
Your cool number gets all the calls
First thing first, if you are going to sign up for Google voice you better get yourself a cool number. Google Voice lets you choose a number of your choice. For instance, someone named John can get a number that reads 123-456J-OHN, which is in fact the number 123-456-5646.
When GV asks you to search for a number try to find the most creative number you can get (here are some tips by Google). Once you have your cool number with you, you can route all the calls coming to this number to other phones that you have. For instance, when someone calls you on your GV number you can forward the call to other numbers such as your cell phone or Home phone number.
The best part is you can make them both ring at the same time. On top of this you can use advanced routing to forward calls from certain numbers to certain number. For instance, calls from your secretary should only get forwarded to your personal cell phone and not home phone. See this discussion to learn more about conditional call forwarding with Google Voice.
If you have a plan where you get free calls to and from a number, you can set your Google Voice number as one of the A list numbers and make free phone calls to US and Canada.
Calling in to listen Voicemail is thing of past
Don’t you just hate listening to voicemails? Personally, I am optimistic and I believe that whoever it was, leaving me a message in my voice mailbox, will call again. But apparently a lot of people cannot afford that and hence the services such as Twilio voicemail transcription are in demand. That might cost you dear sometimes, especially when it was a potential buyer or employer.
Google voice solves this problem by transcribing your voice mail and sending it to your inbox. You can just read it as a regular email or even text rather than listening to your voice mail.
Screen your incoming calls
If you were rich enough to hire a secretary, that we talked about in the first section, you would feel better anyways. But, if you cannot afford it let us tell you this – you can now use Google Voice to screen calls. This comes handy if you get a lot of calls from blocked or private numbers.
Whenever someone calls, you can make them listen to a nice welcome greeting and then ask the caller for her name. Then, GV will call you and tell you the name of the caller. You can then decide what do you want to do with it. If the user is someone from your address book, GV will automatically know who is calling rather than asking the user to record the name. This comes handy for small businesses to look professional.
Send text messages for free
Are you sick of those $5 unlimited text plans? You do not need them anymore. You can use GV to text anyone for free. If you want to forward the text messages to you as email or as text to your cell phone that is possible too. We haven’t yet added Google Voice to the free texting apps list but hopefully it will soon compete with others by offering international texting; on that note you might want to check out the hack to get free texting using Google Voice.
You can use the Web interface for texting or you can even reply from any phone of yours without giving your personal number out.
So much during the conversation
Sometimes, you feel you could record the conversation in the middle. This is possible using Google Voice now. You can start or stop recording a call in the middle of the conversation without interrupting the call. If you notice that your cell phone battery is dyeing, you can transfer the current call to another number. This way you can continue the conversation on other phone that has some battery left.
It’s a Free Home Phone
Google Voice Obihai combo makes a great invention of the past 2 years. Obihai allows you to connect Google Voice accounts (up to 2) with its Obi gadget and then you can connect your regular home phone device in the other port. This is a full featured free landline phone to make free calls to USA and Canada. Plug in a decent quality Internet and you are good to go. With the faster Wifi coming soon, the Wifi port of Obi202 Wifi adapter will be a godsend for people who want a truly mobile home phone – that goes with them wherever they go.