Friday, October 16, 2009

Phone Number Change -- Google Voice

On our last trip, I wanted to switch off the desktop computers for economy and safety. That inadvertently also switched off the phone answering machine. As a result, our home voice mail reverted to an older phone that was having fits, and called my cell several times a day. We also probably missed many legitimate phone messages. In looking for a better system, I found Google Voice which requires a new phone number, but is free.

I was lucky to be able to get a new number, 614-859-9365, which is only 1 digit different from our old one which had the 855 in the middle.

There are some game-changing features that come with Google Voice:

Free long-distance calling in North America

Incoming calls ring on multiple different phones that you set up

Voice mail is transcribed and sent as text to your Internet page

You can initiate calls from your computer

You can read about all the features here: Google Voice

The drawback, is that you have to request an invitation, and that can take some time. In my case it was only a couple of weeks. Anyhow, we will see how well it works -- stay tuned.

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