I got my Google Voice number a few days ago and man have I been having a BLAST with it!
With Google Voice, you get all your calls through a single number. You can access and make calls from the phone and the Web, block annoying callers at will, and record custom greetings for different callers or groups of callers.
You get all your voicemails in one place (transcribed and freaking texted/emailed to you auto-FREAKING-matically… how cool is that!?), saved for as long as you want. If you don’t answer a call to your Google number, your callers will be sent to your Google voicemail. You can check messages by calling your Google number, by signing in to Google Voice, or by opting in to receive notifications.
You’ll also get more handy features that work across all your phones:
* ListenIn as callers leave you a message
* Record calls on the fly so you never have to fumble for a pen again
* Switch phones mid-call without your caller knowing.
The list goes on, but seriously the best part is the ability to screen your calls and listen in to the voicemail. So if you are in my contacts list, when I pick up the phone, we are automatically connected and we speak, but if I block you or you are an unknown caller, The Google Voice Lady gives me the option of answering the call, sending to voicemail, OR sending to voicemail and listening in on it… muahah haha ha.
The next best thing is that you can just pop in at anytime and scare the CRAP out of the person as they are leaving the message. So I have been having a field day with telemarketers and various marketing folks… If you don’t have a google voice number yet, there is no reason not to.
Sign it on up folks!