So it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted something. Some folks may wonder why I do not post something every day. I could, but then my readership would be less than it is. I only like to share really helpful items. And Google Voice is one of them.
I have been using Google Voice probably since 2009 or 2010. Being a tech support guy in my past life, a lot of my day was spent on the phone working with teachers helping them solve issues with their online classroom. And with most teachers, their schools did not have long distance calls budgeted into their classroom needs. And we did not have a toll-free number for callers. That’s where Google Voice came in. Teachers could send in an email request for a callback, and then we could call them at no cost. NO COST!! And from the US, you could call ANYWHERE in the US AND CANADA for FREE. And, it also had a text capability. The good thing about it: you kept a record of calls and texts with number contacted or contacted by, date, time, and length of call.
Another great reason I use Google Voice and recommend it, is that it is a great way to screen callers until you really want them to have your private number. Google Voice can be ported to several places, including your computer, your mobile devices (including tablets, Chromebooks and Macs) AND a land line, all at the same time. So if you meet someone and then want to follow-up with you, you can give them your Google Voice number ported to your cell phone, and you get the call from them. THEN you call them back, FROM your cell phone using Google Voice, they get a call from your Google Voice number.
The best part of it all, is you can call someone via any mobile device, so long as you have internet connection. That’s right. You don’t need a cell plan to use it. Just connect via wireless to the internet, use the Google Voice app or via your web browser, and you are good to go.
While there are other Google Voice alternatives, And I have tried many of them, I always came back to Google Voice, mainly because of its ease to set up and use.
So give Google Voice a shot. Like Bluto said, “don’t cost nuthin”.