Google Voice - Enhance your Home/Office
Google Voice is a free
replacement for your traditional home or SMB or SOHO office
telephone service. Cut the cords to telephone land lines and cable
phone services. It adds features to the Google Home Mini calling
Traditional phone services cost
between $25 to $50 per line per month for most homes and offices. You can
eliminate those costs and add many new features with Google Voice.
here are some of the new
features that are included:
Free phone service.
Free new phone numbers,
or keep your existing number.
Unlimited Free Calls and Text over WiFi.
Free Voice Recording
Port existing number to
the service. Transfer your existing phone number.
Receive Calls on Multiple Numbers/Devices.
Block Spam Calls.
Call Direct from Gmail on
Do Not Disturb Mode.
Send and Save Text/SMS
messages to Email.
Conference Call Feature -
have up to 4 people on a call
Or you can call your Google Voice number from any phone, enter your PIN, press
2, enter the number and then hit the pound key. That's how I place free
long-distance calls from home--using a decades-oldTrimline
If you're in front of a Web browser, two last options become available.
If you're logged into the Google Voice page, click the "CALL" button, enter the
number and Google will dial your phone, then connect you to that number; the
"TEXT" button sends text messages directly.
You can also place a call from within Gmail by clicking the phone-icon button in
the leftmost column. But the last few times I tried that from my desktop, the
person on the other end couldn't hear anything I said and promptly hung up.
But what if you want to call from a device or an area with only data available,
not voice? In that case, third-party apps can turn Google Voice into the
Internet-calling service you might have once assumed it could be.