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Take your Google Voice experience from VoIP to VIP with these hidden feature
1. Calls within Gmail
Recently, Google made it possible to make and receive voice calls right from within Gmail-yes, you can use your Google Voice number without needing to be anywhere near a phone. To get started, log in to Gmail and locate the Chat box in the left-hand sidebar. You should see a new contact called Call Phone; click it.
A small box pops up on the right side of your Gmail window displaying a dial pad, and you may be prompted to download and install a voice plug-in. Then, from the dial pad, you can dial a friend or type in a name from your Google contact list, all without a phone in sight.
Google Voice app for iPhone is available to download from the Apple App Store. To use the GV app, you’ll need an iPhone with iOS 3.1 or later and a valid Google Voice account. At this time, Google Voice is available in the U.S. and Canada only.
With the native app, you will have access to all major Google Voice features on your iPhone, like:
- Cheap rates for international calls
- Free text messaging to U.S. numbers
- Voicemail Transcription
- Display your Google Voice number as caller ID when making calls
Obi100 – The world’s first ATA device with support for Google Voice. If you don’t like to be tied to your PC while making phone calls or want to ditch your landline, get yourself an OBi100 Voice Services Bridge or OBi endpoint. Setup is fairly simple. You’ll be making free domestic calls within 30 minutes. Twenty minutes if you know what you are doing and less than 10 minutes if you already have Google Voice.
Follow these steps to activate Google Voice on your mobile phone. Enter the following exactly as written, as if you are dialing someone:
Groove IP by snrb Labs brings mobile VoIP to the Android market. Voice without minutes is exactly what it means when you use this app in conjunction with Google Voice. You can make unlimited calls to any phones in the U.S. and Canada by using the data connection of your mobile device without using any of your mobile minutes. This mobile VoIP app supports making and receiving calls using Wi-Fi and/or 3G/4G data connections.
With Groove IP, your Google Voice number travels with you even overseas. So when traveling overseas, you can make and receive calls as long as you have Wi-Fi connection. This alone is worth the $4.99. You can get it at (Google Play). Set up was simple. All you had to do was install the app and then enter in your Google Voice username and password.
Google is now allowing you to delete your Google Voice number. There are some important points you need to know before you go deleting your number.
- Google is rolling out this feature so if you don’t see a “Delete” link next to your number, it is coming. So be patient.
- You cannot delete your Google Voice number if you are using Sprint integration or if you have paid to port your number into Google Voice.
- Canceling your Google Voice number will prevent you from being able to make or receive calls on your Google number.
In a nutshell, Google Voice is a telecommunications service that helps you manage and customize your phone, voicemail and SMS usage. By signing up with Google Voice, you can have one phone number that can access all of your numbers (home, mobile and work). While your number may change if you switch carriers, your Google Voice number stays the same for life, unless you choose to change it.
Google Voice sign-up is free and open to all people residing in North America. Google Voice currently provides free PC-to-PC voice and video calling worldwide. Additionally, free PC-to-phone calls are available in North America until the end of 2013. In terms of paid service, Google Voice users in the US may make low-cost calls to international phone numbers. When people dial your Google Voice number, you can have it dialed your cell, home or work phone depending on who the callers are. You can set up custom voicemail greeting for individual contact or group.
Other Google Voice features include:
- Voicemail transcription (accuracy of the transcription is still to be desired)
- Voicemail delivered to your inbox
- Notification of voicemail messages via email or SMS
- Custom voicemail greeting for groups
- Send, receive, and store SMS online
- Call routing. Selection of phones that should ring based on calling number
- Blocking calls from specified numbers
- Listening in on someone’s recording of a voice message before taking a call (press 2 while answering, * to “pick up”)
- Conference calling
- Switching of phones during a call
- Make and Receive calls from within Gmail
- Ability to change your number for a fee ($10 as of this writing)
Besides the listed features, you can use third party apps from Android and iPhone to make free call using WiFi or your mobile data plan. You can also use devices like the OBi100 or OBi202 to replace your landline.
So, if you are interested in trying out Google Voice and already have a Google account (or if you are already using Gmail), then you can sign up at http://www.google.com/voice.
If you don’t have a Google account, you can follow the how-to guide here on how to get a Google Voice number.
You will find all the information here on how to set up and use Google Voice. If you have any questions or problems registering or problems using Google Voice, you can post your issues here.