Google Voice - What is it?

I got signed up for my Google Voice account today and immediately received the following email :

"Welcome to Google Voice! Google Voice gives you a single phone number that rings all your phones, saves your voicemail online, and transcribes your voicemail to text. Other cool features include the ability to listen in on messages while they are being left and the ability to make low cost international calls. To start enjoying Google Voice, just give out your Google Voice number. You can record custom greetings for your favorite callers or block annoying callers by marking them as SPAM. Just click on the settings link at the top of your inbox. We hope you enjoy Google Voice.


I'm brand spanking new at it so I'm trying to figure out "What does that mean?"… so I decide to call my phone number…and purposely not pick up. What happened with that call was very useful, highly technical, and extremely cool.

  1. I got an email that said 'Hello, Stan, Hello'. (which incidentally is the message I left myself.
  2. I got a message on my phone that said "Hello, Stan, Hello', along with the information about who called.
  3. When I checked my Google Voice account…there was that same message, as well as a lot of things that I could DO with that message.

What do I mean by 'things I could do? Well, I could send an SMS message to the orginal caller, I could forward it to another user, I could email it to someone else, I could add that person to my list of contacts… and these are just things that were obvious to a new user. I'm looking forward to using this tool and integrating it with the other Google Apps.

My Google phone number is (478) 227-4736 … give me a call sometime to test this out.

Here are some key Google pages you should know about:

Who would use Google Voice? People who need to be everywhere at once, collaborate with others, maintain good records of activities, and are too busy to cut and paste information into various formats.

What is Google Voice?

When can I get Google Voice? Once you request an invitation, it shouldn't take too long.

Where can I get Google Voice?

How will it change the way we work? It won't. It will change the way we communicate.


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