Free phone service! It almost seems too good to be true, but Google Voice offers this for its user. Once upon a time people Google Voice accounts were by invite only, but now they are available to anyone with an internet connection.
The first thing you will need to do, if you haven’t already, is sign up for a Google account. This can be done very easily through the Google web browser. You will click the tab that says gmail, and then below the login you will be lead through the steps of signing up for a gmail account. Gmail is free as well, so this is not a catch.
Now that you have a gmail account (or if you already did) the next step is to have a phone line already. It doesn’t matter if it is a cell phone or a landline, as long as it is activated. The service that google voice provides is consolidating different phone numbers into one phone. After this search for Google voice in the Google web browser, and follow the directions that Google gives you. Some of these directions will include confirming the phone number this is connected to, and selecting a phone number.
It is an easy and accessible service to sign up for! You can now give out your new phone number to whomever you choose, and be able to answer it from the phone you confirmed. If you miss any calls they will go to your Google Voicemail. Their message will be transcribed into words, and sent you SMS or via email. You also can download the message to listen to it, because Google Voicemail can’t always accurately transcribe what callers are saying.
There are three types of Google Voice accounts that you can sign up for. The first option, called condition call forwarding, you keep your regular phone number for your home phone or cell phone, but set up Google Voice to handle your voice mail. It is just a different way of collection your voice mail. The second option is to replace your phone number entirely and get a Google voice number. This means you can give out a brand new number, and you will be able to answer phone calls from different phones. The third option is to transfer your existing phone number to Google Voice, and this service will cost 20 dollars.
Mateusz M. is the founder of LookupExpert, a website offering reverse phone lookups as well as people searches