Google just announced a very exciting new service Google Voice, which is actually a re-launch of the Grand Central service Google acquired in 2007. Like everything new from Google, it’s in ‘beta’ which in this case means it’s only available to existing customers of Grand Central right now.
They took an excellent voicemail service and added Goog411, Gmail, Free Long Distance and more to it and in one announcement made the telecom world nervous. I actually think this is a milestone on the path toward Google becoming the all knowing and powerful Star Trek computer in the sky. This is an important step taking Google out of the computer and into your phones.
Google doesn’t offer 800 numbers yet. But you can point any 800 number you get from us to your Google Voice number and all of the features of Google Voice will work on your 800 number! That’s right you pick the best 800 number here at TollFreeNumbers.com and then send the calls to your Google Voice number so it tries you at up to 6 numbers simultaneously. Most people describe that as trying you on multiple numbers but if you use a Google Voice number for your sales number you could have up to 6 different people answering your calls from their home phones entering orders into their laptop.
The announce and screen callers feature can allow you to tell when someone is calling your 800 number or Google Voice number instead of your local number. That means you can run your business from your home phone and only accept business calls the kids aren’t screaming and always answer business calls in your business voice.
You can call your 800 number and then make free calls within the US and internationally for 2 cents per minute. You get your voicemail transcribed into email or text messages, or listen to the voicemail on the web too. You can change where your calls are routed or to who, right from the web. You can even change the greeting for different callers or block callers.
There is more information on the Google Voice features but keep in mind that you can make these features of your toll free number by pointing a toll free number to it. You’ll have to use a regular phone company to get the calls to your GV number but since Google’s forwards the calls from there for free, it creates a very feature rich enhanced voicemail service. Also keep in mind that this looks like just the beginning. Google seems very serious about bringing out amazing new features and services that are definitely going to change the face of telecom.
PS. Someone suggested that you could make your GV# one of your ‘Faves’ on your cell phone and you’d be able to make free calls to anyone in the US and cheap calls internationally from your cell phone. This will be Big!