Haven’t yet thought of using Google Voice? Its time that you do, for one simple reason: to save up your hard earned money. This service gives you numerous options to manage your telephonic communication and at the same time, helps you save up a lot of money.
How does it work?
Google Voice assigns you a free telephone number as your primary number, which can then be connected to your existing phone numbers. This facilitates the link up of your home, work and mobile phone number. Here are the primary functionalities.
* One number to rule them all: All your phones will ring when someone calls your Google Voice number. You can pick up any of your phones conveniently.
* Transcribe voice to text: You can avail the facility to convert all your Voicemail messages into text messages free of cost. In this way you can get a summary of the voice message, though it might not be too perfect.
* Call Settings (Screening / Routing / Blocking): Once an unknown number is disclosed when a call hits your phone, you can decide whether you would like to receive it or route it to voicemail. All this happens without the caller even knowing that you got his call. You can also change the default settings so that the calls from specific callers will be sent to specific phones, or get barred, so that you never have to take their calls.
How can it save you money?
Google Voice can help you save money in various ways. You can now downgrade or even cancel your phone’s Text Messaging plan and use Google Voice instead.
This can help you save those extra bucks. This service comprises various features and acts as a central hub for all your phone communications.
All phones link up: Since all your phones ring when a call comes, you do not need a cell phone, or you can keep it just for your emergency use. Use can receive these calls on any of your phones instead.
Cut cost on long distance calls: With Google Voice, you can enjoy free calls throughout the United States and Canada. Google Voice has excellent international rates for international calling. For example, a call to the United Kingdom will cost you merely $0.02 a minute. You can call just about every country in the world at a very affordable rate using Google Voice.
Save up your cell phone minutes using calling circles: There are calling circles where you can add your Google Voice number and get all your incoming calls free of cost. Change the default settings so that the caller ID shows your Google Voice number instead of the phone number. You can find out who is calling you with the help of the screening option where every caller has to state his/her name.
With a little bit of effort, you can also make free outgoing calls from your Google Voice system. You need to dial your Google Voice number and then press 2. Finally dial the number you wish to call up. If you have internet access, it is even easier. You need to click on the contact on your Google Voice webpage.
No messaging from cell phone: Downgrade your cell phone’s Text Messaging plan and use Google Voice instead. Most phone service providers charge around $20.00 per month for unlimited text messages. If you don’t take a text message plan, you are charged approximately $0.20 to send or receive a text message. If you have a internet-friendly phone, like an iPhone or a Blackberry, text messages do not need to be delivered instantly. You can use applications on Google Voice so that you can read and send text messages from your phone without using your service provider’s count.
Google Voice provides you a voicemail service and now you do not need voicemail for your home phone. Google Voice stores your messages. In addition, Google Voice also transcribes your voicemails into text and sends you an email you so that you are saved from the hassle of listening to numerous messages. Google Voice has a similar facility like the call waiting service, so that you are notified every time a call waits in line. User identification service is also available if you activate the calling circle option. Thus, you do not even need Caller ID service on your home phone.
You should avail the services offered by Google Voice and find out if it fits your lifestyle and helps you control the dollars flowing out your door.
This is a guest post by Priscilla Solomon. Priscilla is a finance blogger at OVLG. She advises you to be very careful before you consolidate your debts.Lifestyle