It’s no secret I am an admitted Google-aholic. I use it daily for both personal and business. Google integrates seamlessly with my HTC Incredible smartphone so it makes it all the more easy access to all things Google.
I got an early invite to try out Google Voice when it was still in beta and a few months ago, Google Voice became available to the masses.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Google Voice, it allows you to pick a local number and set it up to ring through the google answering service and will forward to whatever phone you want.
Recently, Google released a key ingredient to Google Voice which allows you to now take calls and make calls right from your computer. It operates kinda like Skype except you can call anywhere in the US for free! How awesome is that?
If you haven’t yet looked into Google Voice, go here for the complete rundown. To make and take calls from your computer, you need to have a Gmail account with Google chat set up to make/take the calls. My experience with Google Voice has been 100% positive. It’s free and the call quality rivals both my phone and cell quality. You can also set up video chat along with this.
Since my daughter does not yet have a phone, I set up her Google Voice number to ring directly to chat. Usually when she is in the house, she’s on the computer so it keeps our home phone line from being tied up. She also set up her own answering service so when her friends want to leave a message, once again, our answering machine isn’t filled up. How many of you have bought another line for your kids? Now you don’t have to.
For those of you not familiar with Google, take it from me, I couldn’t function without it! Google Voice is only one of many cool applications that Google offers. Check it out and be all things Google!