What capabilities google voice give me? Better with a new # or existing cell #?

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  1. mcsoul

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    What capabilities google voice give me?

    Is it better to start it with a new phone # from google or existing cell #?
    Are there pros and cons to each?
     
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    Well, one pro to having a separate number from Google is the ability to be either more or less selective with who gets it. Otherwise, I don't know.
     
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    Yep, I was serious :biggrin:. I watched a few videos on Google's product page and decided I don't really need it. If I do decide get it, it will be with a new number.
     
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    Yeah I have been apart of Google Voice since they first started and you needed an invite to join, and to be honest I still don't have a use for it. Other than freaking my wife out texting her naughty things from a strange number, but that only works once.
     
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    I use it as my main number and save $20/month by not having to pay for Verizon SMS.

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    Advantages to Google Voice (all free, by the way):
    • SMS texting from any connected device.
    • VVM (visual voicemail)
    • Multiple voicemail options (e.g. make one message for your wife, one for friends, one for numbers you don't know, etc.)
    • SMS spam filtering
    • Ability to make calls from your computer
    • Ability to make calls from your phone over WiFi/3G/4G (requires an additional app, like GrooVeIP)
    • Never worry about changing your number (Going to a different carrier? No problem; just change the device's number in Google Voice. Everyone can still call/text your GV number and it'll go to your phone as usual).
    Disadvantages to Google Voice:
    • No mobile to mobile minutes
    • No "top five" numbers free
    You can get over those top two by calling people in your top five/mobile to mobile via your device's number. Personally, I never use all of my plan's minutes so it's a non issue for me. Google Voice is potentially a very powerful tool, but you have to use it right. It's really nice, though, that it's baked so deeply into Android.
     
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    I think that statement hits the nail right on the head with Google Voice. I am sure most people (myself included), are not using it to its full potential thus the under utilization of it.
     
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    I love GV for all the reasons stated above. You can even change your GV # if you wish, choose a different area code, have seperate #'s for all your google accounts, etc. Get creative, you'll find lots of uses. As for shortcomings, the inability to text pics or attachments would be nice but hasn't been a deal breaker.
     
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    Google voice + groove IP = voip calling over wifi or the network = free calls

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    it's just a shame that we can't have a data plan without voice as well

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    Yeah..

    4 lines we use maybe 150 minutes a month, that's a high month.

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