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Larry
07 Dec 2009

Google Voice and Phone Number Porting. I have had GV since Grandcentral. LOVE IT BUT I really want to Port my Home Phone number to Google Voice. I love all the free features it offers but can not get my friends to use my Google Voice number as my number. My wife will not give up our home number. My plan is to purchase an Ooma once I can port my number to GV. Ooma offers number porting for $40 but it charges for the additional services that GV offers FREE. Please help get an estimate date for number porting. I will buy and port to Ooma for $40 if I knew it will take 5 months for GV to allow porting.

Thank You,

Larry

Posted by:

Geri
08 Dec 2009

I have Google Voice on my G1 with Gizmo5 VOIP but it's much slower than regular cell phone calls and sometimes the calls do not go through either inbound or outbound, regardless of whether or not I am connected via my 3G or wireless internet services. However, when it does work, aside from the slower transmittal of what you say, it's quite nice. I save on my family cellular package and the features are very convenient. My favorite feature is call blocking.

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Andrew O'Thinny
09 Dec 2009

Sounds great. But when I tried to find out more, it looks as if Google Voice is only available in the US. You don't mention this in your article. (I'm from the United Kingdom.) You must have many non-US readers, so it's disappointing when your articles are written from a US-only perspective.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Google has a great track record when it comes to making their products available internationally. From what I've read, GV will be rolled out to other countries "soon".

Posted by:

Anne
09 Dec 2009

Sounds wonderful - but only available in the US!

Posted by:

Kjell
09 Dec 2009

After 38 years in the US, we still have friends and relatives in Sweden. At 2c/minute we have been able to reconnect with them through long phone conversations!

Posted by:

Ruth has a comment
09 Dec 2009

The blocking, screening, and other features of Google Voice (GV) would be great for future phone number submissions to various entities and new people that you give the GV phone number to but what about all of the entities that have your old phone number now?

I'd like to block a credit card scammer that keeps calling every few days but they have my regular phone number so I can do nothing about it.

Porting my home phone number to GV as Larry, in his Dec. 7, 2009 suggested, sounds like an option that would make GV omnipotent and omnipresent.

Posted by:

matinee
09 Dec 2009

This is in the US only & by invitation only (in other words not available period at this time)? Can this be confirmed by someone? Thanks

EDITOR'S NOTE: You are correct. But last month I'm sure that I signed up without needing an invite. Perhaps they are limiting the numbers until all the kinks are worked out. You can visit https://services.google.com/fb/forms/googlevoiceinvite/ to request an invite.

Posted by:

Dave in Indy
09 Dec 2009

Well, I think that the functionality is way over my head but I requested an invite! Google sure has some unique features! I use 1-800-GOOG-411 MANY times a week and that is one way to make free calls (to businesses).

Posted by:

Roya
09 Dec 2009


When I got my Droid, I found that Google Voice is already on there, so they are rolling it out without invitations now.

Posted by:

Phil Reed
10 Dec 2009

I just absolutely love it.

Been using it since I finally received my invite back in the summer.

I'm the president of a local not-for-profit snow ski club, and in addition I put together and run ski trips. My Google Voice number is for my ski club business mainly. I advertise this number for sales promotions, etc. That keeps my personal home phone number from being broadcast.

GV also allows me to screen calls when they come in, either by accepting, sending to voice mail, or by listening in to the voice mail as it's being recorded and then either accepting or allowing the call to continue to voice mail -- similar what the old style answering machines still allow you to do.

And using only one number with GV allows me to ring any number as mentioned, and I can customize when (hours of the day and days of the week) those calls will ring those other numbers.

Not to mention the FREE phone calls to any of the 50 states, and the transcribing of my voice mail and sending it to my e-mail immediately, it's just fantastic to use.

I could go on and on and on...so many great features.

Posted by:

Ben Shearon
11 Dec 2009

Have to second the request for clear label if things are US-only. I live in Japan and enjoy your zine.

Posted by:

Shannon B
11 Dec 2009

I love Google voice. OCD people like me love the control.

Posted by:

GottaBigOne
11 Dec 2009


Ladies and Gents:

Mr. Rankin . . . Google Voice is The B-O-M-B!
[Watch Out Corporate America . . . GOOGLE Rules!]

I have been using the service for quite some time now and haven't even started using all the features you just described. However, I recently had to BLOCK two people and it Works Wonderfully!

I do NOT work for Google BUT Thankfully they ARE looking out for those of us who don't have much money to be fooling around with Ma Bell and their ilk!

I personally use the MagicJack(tm) and let me be Clear: It and Google Voice Go hand-in-hand, perfectly! I don't usually Recommend Stuff but these 2 things I do - - For Sure!!!

Thank you for listening,

GBO

Posted by:

newburyuk
11 Dec 2009

Absolutley love it. I use it for all our long distance now. Free for all US calls and only $.02 minute to UK land lines where all the family lives. We gave the number to our friends and they now only have to dial one number and all three of our phones ring simultaneously.

Posted by:

Russell W. Coover
12 Dec 2009

I do not have the caller-ID feature on my home phone. Will G. Voice still allow call blocking on my home phone?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes! But you have to get a Google Voice phone number, which will ring your home phone. The call blocking would only work when people call the GV number.

Posted by:

Bob
12 Dec 2009

Is there any way to use Google Voice without a computer on?

EDITOR'S NOTE: You can use many of the features with your computer turned off. Look here for more info: http://www.google.com/googlevoice/about.html

Posted by:

lovethefreeld
12 Dec 2009

my wife and i have been using it (seperate google voice accounts, for both of our land-lines) for several months.

we love the free, domestic long distance calls.

haven't tried out too many of the "bells and whistles", yet - but will probably get around to some of them eventually.

i'm told that it can even be handy for cell phone users (as long as they have a computer with them), since they make their google voice number one of their "circle" of of friends or family. doing so allows them to keep from eating up minutes on their monthly cell phone plans.

it's also very easy to use. highly recommended!

Posted by:

John
14 Dec 2009

Can anyone tell me if Google voice works in Australia?

Posted by:

Willie B.
14 Dec 2009

The best feature is unlimited calls on your cell phone as long as you have a plan that gives you a list of numbers that you call the most for no charge(friends and family). You list your Google voice number as one of the numbers you can call free and all the calls you make with your Google voice number are not counted against the minutes you pay for on your plan. You can talk all day free as long as you use the Google voice number to make the call.

Pretty sweet. Modify the numbers in your contact list to be the Google voice number, a pause, your password, a pause, the number 2, a pause, and the number to call.

Thousands of minutes a month for free. Thanks Google.

Posted by:

Stan
17 Dec 2009

I love GV and got a number very shortly after it became available.

My only problem is that when I receive a call, that is when it sends the call to my home phone the incoming message gets clipped - it starts playing when the phone is answered and by the time I have it to my ear its telling me what to push. I haven't found a way to 'pause' the message for maybe 2 seconds, and don't know why this isn't a problem for others.

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