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What is Google Voice?

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noblemchikezie

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How Google's online phone service works and why you might want to consider it.

Ever since I got my Google Voice account, I have had to repeatedly explain to friends and colleagues what Google's free phone service is and (more importantly) what it isn't. If you, like them, have heard about Google Voice but still aren't completely clear about how it works and why you should care, here are some quick answers.

How it works

You can't just sign up for Google Voice: you need an invitation. To get one, you can go to the Google Voice invitation request page and fill out the form. Once you have Voice service on your Google account, you can invite others to join the service.
Once you have your Google Voice number, you can associate your other phone numbers--work, home, mobile, whatever--with it. You can still make calls from those handsets using your regular phone service; their individual numbers will show up on the receiver's caller ID screen. But you can also choose to have your Google number show

What it is

In addition to having one number that can reach all of your physical handsets, Google Voice offers some intelligent phone features that your existing handsets and services might not.
For starters, you can get intelligent call forwarding, by setting up rules for how you want your calls routed. You might, for example, want calls received before 5:00 pm sent to your office phone, calls after that to your cell phone; Google Voice can do that. You also get customizable ringing: Calls from some callers might ring only at home, while those from others would go straight to voicemail; you can schedule when those ringing rules take effect.

Google Voice also gives you a Web interface to your phones and services. Among other things, that means you can manage voice messages online, filing and archiving them much like Gmail. It allows you to customize greetings by caller and by group. You can also dial from any of your associated phones using a Web interface or helper program. If you have numbers in Google Contacts, Google Voice offers some powerful speed-dialing tools. (Google Contacts can be synced with OS X's Address Book and the iPhone.)
The service also allows you to record calls (after you've received permission from the other party, of course); it can automatically generate transcripts, too.
One final benefit: Google Voice offers cheap international calling and free SMS.

Note that Google recently introduced the ability to get some of these features on your existing numbers. But those features are awfully limited compared with what you get when you use a Google number.
What it isn't
Google Voice is not, however, the be-all and end-all of telephone services.
It isn't a Voice over IP (VoIP) service like Skype or Vonage. You still need a standard phone connection (cellular or landline) to and from Google Voice.
Nor is it fully integrated (yet) with the iPhone. As I write this, Apple does not allow Google Voice iPhone apps. There is however, a very good iPhone-optimized version of the Google Voice web application. Google's native Voice applications for Android and BlackBerry phones are very capable, and the federal government has expressed concern, so there is hope that Apple will approve a Google Voice iPhone app.

The bottom line

In many ways, Google Voice turns your "dumb" phones into smart phones. You can understand why cell phone vendors and carriers might not be too thrilled about it: the service allows Google to insinuate itself between you and your carrier, and provides free replacements for many of their premium services.
 

solvalavan12

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It really good information about Google Voice.It is the Internet based phone forwarding service by Google. It was previously known as GrandCentral. Google Voice is free except for international calls.Google Voice gives you a separate phone number which you can give out as if it is your regular phone number.
 
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BeyondDestiny

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Google Voice is a very good concept. present time Google launches many new things like Google TV and Google Voice.
 

rmartin345

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Google Voice is the Internet based phone forwarding service by Google. It was previously known as GrandCentral. Google Voice is free except for international calls.It also gives you a Web interface to your phones and services.Among other things, that means you can manage voice messages online,filing and archiving them much like Gmail.
 

ginyjhon

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Google Voice lets you manage all your phone communications and seamlessly make and receive calls on any of your existing phones. Google Voice is the Internet based phone forwarding service by Google. It was previously known as GrandCentral. Google Voice is free except for international calls.
 
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patani67

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Is Google Voice the same as Call Phone? Or is that an entirely different product from Google? I know Call Phone lets you call any phone from your computer and it sounds like Google Voice does the same thing.
 
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noblemchikezie

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Google Voice also gives you a Web interface to your phones and services. Among other things, that means you can manage voice messages online, filing and archiving them much like Gmail. It allows you to customize greetings by caller and by group. You can also dial from any of your associated phones using a Web interface or helper program. If you have numbers in Google Contacts, Google Voice offers some powerful speed-dialing tools.
 

quadebrown

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Google Voice offers a Web interface from your phone and services.You can be sent to a group of telephones During the day and the second at night.You can ask for numbers Certain forward calls to different numbers.It has also offered some powerful speed-dialing tools.
 

dejonthompson

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A new invention of Google, is a type of business tool, is being tested by companies, called Google Voice, the new tool to combine with a toll free number to reveal a powerful team of customer service and effective communication.
 

avnhenry

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Google Voice is available only for users in the United States.It was previously known as GrandCentral.It is free except for international calls.It is not, however, the be-all and end-all of telephone services.
 

jameserics

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Google Voice is a telecommunications service launched by Google on March 11, 2009. The service provides a phone number in the United States chosen by the user of available numbers in the selected area codes free of charge to each user account.
 

princehallowen

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Google Voice is a telecommunications service Google launched March 11, 2009. Service is offered at an American telephone number the choice of available numbers the area code selected free of charge to each user account.
 
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stevenson

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Google Voice is an Internet-based telephone service to provide to Google. It was previously known as Grand Central. Google Voice is free, except for calls.It International also provides a web interface for phones and services.
 

laurajones

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Google Voice, a new trend in telecommunications has been launched by Google.You can take the help of Google Voice to call different numbers several times a day. Google Voice helps you by giving you a phone number to announce to the world and allows you to configure your incoming calls to find you wherever you are.
 

rudrabarbosa

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Google Voice is the Internet phone service call forwarding from Google. It was formerly known as Grand Central. Google Voice is free, except for international calls.It also gives you a Web interface for your phones and services.Among other things, means you can manage their voice messages online ranking system like Gmail.
 
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jamalalthoff

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It is the Internet phone service call forwarding from Google. It was formerly known as Grand Central. Google Voice is free, except for international calls.
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karynmonk

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Google Voice also offers a web interface for phones and services. Among other things, this means that you can manage voice messages online storage and archiving system for the pleasure Gmail.Google Voice is a telecommunications service by Google.
 

arnoldatwater

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Wow, nice information given by all of you. According to my knowledge i think that Google Voice is a free telephone management service provided by Google that includes many features, but performs two main functions
 

jameswilliam

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Google Voice provides you with a single phone number, you can give, as if it is your regular phone number. Then, you can change your settings any of you have called a phone.
 

brandonbrownes

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Google voice is online phone service from the Google. Google Voice is the telecommunications service from Google. Service is offered at an American telephone number, the choice of available numbers, In this service you can make a call from using Google Voice
 
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