A few weeks ago, I found out about Google Voice, another service by Google. It has a lot of great features that are very useful and can potentially be used to save a lot of money. I signed up immediately, paying a few bucks on Ebay for an invite, and have been blown away by what I’ve found.
As Google so eloquently puts it:
Google Voice gives you one number for all your phones — a phone number that is tied to you, not to a device or a location. Use Google Voice to simplify the way you use phones, make using voicemail as easy as email, customize your callers’ experience, and more.
Google Voice allows you to conveniently use one number for all your phone calls and text messages. They provide you a new phone number of your choice and it helps you manage your contacts and conversations. A few of the most important features are listed below:
For calls, Google Voice lets you choose which phone should ring (or multiple phones) based on the time of day and the caller. You can initiate a call using your phone, by dialing YOUR Google number, or through the website, which would ring your phone.
Text messages can be sent directly to your phone, but are also stored on the Google Voice site, similar to emails in Gmail.
You will have one public phone number than you can give out and not have to worry about whether you want someone to have your cell phone number. Simply block, automatically forward, or allow whichever numbers you want.
Voicemail can be customized for individuals or based on caller groups, and users can elect to read voicemail on the site or their email rather than listening to them.
There are loads of other features, and I encourage readers to look browse and see what really appeals to them.
How It Can Save You Money
While all of these features are nice, why is this on my blog? Well, Google users have been thinking of ways to use Google Voice and I’m going to present a way to save money each month by using Google Voice.
All Google Voice calls are placed by calling your Google number from your phone, and then dialing a friend’s number (When placing a call through the site, simply type their number in and pick up your phone when it rings). Because of this, if you use your cell phone, you will no longer be saving by using your network for free minutes. However, many cell plans now have free calling to a certain number of out-of-network numbers.
For example, T-Mobile has Fave-5, Sprint has Pick 3, and AT&T now has A-List, which allows calls to any 10 out-of-network numbers. If you have this feature, add your Google number to your plan, and use your Google number exclusively, you will no longer be using any of your limited minutes. So instead of having a 3,000 minute phone plan, you would be able to decrease your plan to 1,400 and use your Google number (And save $40.00 a month!).
It’s really a fantastic service, and as it grows, people are coming up with great new ways to utilize the free application.