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Stupid question - Why use Google Voice on my Droid, what are the advantages?

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    Thanks guys!
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    I use it solely for the VM. I get a transcribed email and a recording...
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    I use it for text messages. That way it doesn't go against my 250 free limit. At least that's the way I've used it in the past, if something has changed I'm unaware of it. All I know is that when I had my Storm using Google Voice it worked like a charm.
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    I use it for the voicemail also. Great feature.

    I also have a firefox extension for google voice which allows you to click any phone number on a web page and it will automatically call the number from your droid.
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    same here VM for transcribe and email/text attachment to listen :) BIG FAN!
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    Please read all the other Google Voice threads. This question is very frequently asked and answered. It's really a matter of looking at the features and seeing if any are worthwhile for you. Not everyone uses it for the same reasons.

    If you're going to ask why you should choose anything then you at least need to post what you're looking for or expecting from a given solution.
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    I'd start by reading here:
    Google Voice Help

    And then when you are done reading that.. come back with more questions. Google's Online Help is actual quite useful when it comes to answering simple feature questions.
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    Visual Voicemail here. It's free and works pretty good.
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    I use it for international calls.
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    Free visual voicemail..

    Thats the best reason right there!

    If you're willing to actually go a step further and have 2 numbers you have to deal with you can do

    Free txts
    Cheap phone calls etc

    But for me having to give people a diff number to txt is just to much of a pain...
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    :icon_eek: visual voicemail is 2.99 a month it aint free lol

    i use youmail....now THAT one IS free ;)
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    I believe he was talking about using GV as Visual Voice Mail...Not the VZW app
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    oh my bad lol
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    You're sort of missing the point.. the point is not two have two numbers, it's to have only one. If you refuse to give up your old number, then of course it's going to be a pain. I think people these days have a warped view of how easy it is to change your number. Everyone says "But I've had mine for 10 years!" or "it would be impossibly hard!" it's so simple, you just send out a group text to everyone in your contact list announcing your new number, and deactivate the old (or do so after a month) and boom, 95% of your friends and family will just update your address books. the last 5%? That's why you deactivate your new number. the first time they try and call you and don't get you, they immediately take the five seconds to update their address book, it's a simple way to force them too.

    I switched to my full Google Voice number for all the benefits the day I got my droid (launch day) and have hundreds of contacts. Everyone was using the new number the very next day. So far I have had 4 people total who didn't update and did as soon as they realized my old number was dead. So incredibly simple.

    (How did I make sure my old number was dead as Google Voice still needs your verizon cell # to forward to? Call Verizon and have it changed, then keep it secret)

    The awesome added bonus of all of this is that any annoying old callers who had your old number whoy uo could NEVER get rid of, are forever gone from bothering you if you don't tell them your new GV number.. Although with Google Voice, you can do this anyways per caller as you choose, but still, it's nice to clear out the unwanted callers/texters that have accumulated over the years.
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    I would love to do this too, but I cannot give up mobile to mobile. I would go way over my minutes. Also the family share plan that would let me and my girl pick ten numbers for free is too pricy. I'd love to add my gv number to that list.

    Anybody know of any news that will allow gv to make free voip calls from an android device?
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    I think I'm gong to give it a shot.

    The standard VVM from Verizon is pretty lousy> Anyway to increase the range of vlume on VVM? I have mine all the way up and all I can hear is a faint message in the back ground, it's ridiculous. I can barely hear it if I'm just sitting in a quiet room, no way I'll be able to hear it if I'm driving or something.
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    Gizmo5 is Googles newly acquired voip company. Those with existing accounts are indeed able to make free voip calls, but new signups are currently closed.