Should I try Google Voice?

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  1. VoiceGuy

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    I am trying to decide if Google Voice is for me. I don't use a ton of minutes each month. Mostly free calls to family and friends. I always use less than 250 texts a month (but if it were free I might text more) . So is Google Voice something I should consider? Any advice on how I could utilize Google Voice? Would there be any harm in signing up? Any advice is welcome.
     
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    I absolutely love Google Voice, but I don't use it for making calls or sending texts. I use it for the voicemail. You can set it up to be the default voicemail service for your phone, and it blows away anything else. Not only can people leave longer messages, but I have different greeting recordings for different people, I can access my voicemail messages online wherever I am from my phone or from my computer, and it even transcribes the messages in case I'm somewhere that I can't listen to the message, but I can read it. I also have my Google Voice number set to forward to my cell phone, so if there's someone (or something) I need to give a phone number to, but don't want to give them my real one, I can give them my Google Voice number. I can easily block numbers from coming through that call the Google Voice number.

    So, in short, yes, sign up for Google Voice. It's a fantastic service that offers a lot of features beyond making calls and sending texts.
     
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    +1 from this guy
     
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    Google voice is an excellent option for free texts . I use it for texting only so I can't say anything about the calling part... Also I like how Google generates a phone number for you. I sell things off Craigslist and I don't like to give out my personal info, so I use my Gvoice #.
    DL IT! =)

    Downside is there's no pic text.

    If u want text only app that's free including pics...
    Kik messenger.... and kakao talk does phone and pic/texts
     
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    Thanks to all of you. I signed up today and got it all set up. I can already tell that being able to read voicemails is the way to go. In fact, it came in handy tonight when I was at a football game & couldn't hear very well.
     
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    +2 I use it for the MP3 voicemail.
     
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    I was looking into Google voice mostly for the free texting.

    Is it reliable though? I've read negative reviews saying that texts were often delayed.
     
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    So I've been trying it out for a couple of days.

    Are the gv texts supposed to the gv app or the stock messenger?
     
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    I've been using google voice for a few years now without issue. I use it for a second line (business).
     
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    I also use Google Voice for voicemail purposes. It has brought me thousands of chuckles with its voice to text translation. It's not very accurate. I'm hoping they apply their speech to text tech found in Google Now, etc as it is much more reliable.
     
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    Being from Google, I'm actually suprised that the transcribed text is so terrible.
     
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    I've noticed the Google transcription is good if the caller speaks clearly and does not have a strong/foreign accent. Kids' messages don't get transcribed properly too.

    Sent from my unrooted DroidX using Tapatalk
     
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