Google Voice

Have you tried Google Voice yet? About four days ago I finally decided to give Google Voice a try thanks to the advice given by friends via Google+.  I have to admit I think I am in love!!!! This has to be one of the coolest things from Google, well next to the labs, calendar and YouTube.

So, what is Google Voice?
Basically, you get a Google phone number. You can give this number out to anyone you want.  When someone calls that Google phone number the phone call will be forwarded to any phone you want or directly to your voicemail. As a teacher this is awesome because if you have to give out your cell phone number to students and parents for things like overnight trip with your students you can give them your Google number instead of your personal number for emergencies.  You can also assign different greetings to different callers. Your “friends” can get a personal greeting while your parents and students can get a more professional, school appropriate greeting.

NOW, if that is not cool enough, when your missed calls go to voicemail they will go to your Google Voicemail instead. Not only does the person get a personal greeting but the voicemail is sent to your phone as well as your http://www.google.com/voice website…. AND that’s not it….  Google will also transcribe your voicemail for you as well and if you want, Google will send that transcribed voicemail to your email and/or to your phone as a text message!!!! (keep in mind that the transcriptions are about 85% correct)

So, how do you get started, go to www.google.com/voice and log into your Google account.  (I would suggest that before you login to watch the video on the Google Voice homepage.) Something to remember, make sure on the left side of your page you will see something that says “Your Number…” click on that and click on add Google phone number.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to Google Voice. To learn more you can just YouTube the keywords Google Voice 🙂

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