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I have a Google Voice account (and a Grand Central account before that!), but I don't use it much. I think I should use it more, because in theory, Google Voice seems to do everything. Is anyone using it exclusively for their phone number? I sense that since smart phones came along and got smarter, that the need or niche for Google Voice diminished. Tell what Google Voice is good for, and what you use it for?

asked Jun 25 '13 at 17:45

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I've been using GV since the Grandcentral days. Extremely useful for me because I can call my relatives in Canada, as well as make calls on my laptop for free in the US. I also use it to make overseas calls, rates are decent, some providers you can get certain countries for more or less. My cellphone voicemail has been replaced with Google Voice as my provider: I get "visual voicemail" for all my calls, GV translates the voicemail and lets me read it when I don't have my phone with me. Call screening is great, I can give out my GV number freely and not worry about being harassed or spammed.

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I've been using GV for years now. I still love it, the transcription isn't perfect but usually it's good enough to get the gist. It's especially useful with my Android phone and widget, so I can see my messages right on my home screen.

Also, it makes all of my text messages free, which is a big plus, since I use it quite a bit,both from my phone and thanks to the chrome add-on from my browser.

I also use it less often, but it works ok with my sipgate account and my voip adapter so I can use it as a home line (if my cell phone battery dies).

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answered Jun 25 '13 at 19:05

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I've been using Google Voice since before Google bought the service, it was called GrandCentral. I now use this service for myself and have set it up for my Dad and my Sister as well.

The reason why this service is most valuable is that it gives you full control of your phone number. I don't trust the phone carriers and a phone number is too valuable a piece of personal info not to have under your full control. Using Google Voice means that I haven't even bothered to memorize the numbers attached to my last several phones. At my last job I was given an iphone, minutes after being handed the phone I was able to route calls going to the same old phone number that I had already been using for years. As long as your have an iOS or Android powered cell phone you are set.

For my Dad I was able to set up a home phone using an OBi110 that runs as a voip line. The only cost involved is the e911 service that I think costs roughly $10/year. He isn't that interested in technology, so it was only recently that we set him up with a smartphone. Once he had an android phone it was easy to set that up with Google Voice as well and now we have all his calls going to one phone number and he gets his calls whether he is at home or not without anyone having to call multiple numbers.

Google Voice is not an easy concept to explain. I have failed many times to explain all its merits. The bottom line is yes, it is extremely useful. Sending text messages from the browser and managing your texts, calls and voicemails just like email is hugely valuable. I actually wish that Google would start charging for this service because I would be absolutely devastated if they discontinued it.

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answered Jun 25 '13 at 19:01

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They do charge for it, for international calls. I use it regularly to make overseas calls.

1 year, 4 months ago
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I replace my cellphone provider's voicemail number with my g-voice number. The transcribed messages are useful as are the forward-able voicemessages. It is also the number that I give out when a number is required -- the spam-control features of g-voice make it easy to deal with unwanted calls. I have credit balance that was transferred from my Gizmo5 account, but have never used international calling with g-voice. Still wonder why they never integrated Gizmo5's voip service...

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answered Jun 25 '13 at 18:55

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edited Jun 25 '13 at 18:56

It's not perfect. It doesn't do some things I wish it did, and it does some things that I could probably have done in another way. But I still use it. Here's why:

1) Voicemail transcription. 2) Never having to give out my 'real' phone number. 3) Dialing phone numbers directly from webpages on my desktop/laptop. 4) Visual interface for organizing texts and voicemails (I am not an auditory person at all). 5) Keeping my phone number the same in a period when I went without an actual physical phone.

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answered Jun 25 '13 at 18:38

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edited Jun 25 '13 at 18:39

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