Similar to PhoneTag.com, Google Voice is another product I recommend to clients. If you’re like most people, voicemails can get cumbersome and aggravating at times. Google Voice is a service by Google that was originally known as Grand Central.
Sign up as voice.google.com. Once you get your account, choose a friendly number. What I mean as friendly is that you can put the letters to your own name or business name as a number. Google will search to see if it’s available. I have a couple of cool numbers including XYZ-CONTEXT. where XYZ is the area-code and CONTEXT represents the keypad version of a number.
The next step is to forward the number to a wrong phone number that you can answer.
Once you have your new number, you’re now ready to play. Give all your friends and business colleagues the Google Voice number now. For each call you recieve, Google will transcribe the call and either Email or text you. If you have it set to call you, then you phone will automatically ring.
It makes my life easier, as I can leave the country and either have my Google Voice number to forward to one of my team members or I can receive the messages via email or streaming Mp3 from my Google Voice inbox.
The best thing is the cost of the service…Free! The only cost from what I see are if you are making international calls from your Google Voice number, at which point it operates like Skype to phone and you are billed a fairly nominal amount per minute.