Are you tired of telemarketers and bill collectors ringing your phone at all hours of the day and night? Well, if you have a smartphone with Sprint as your cell phone service you’re in luck because they have united with Google to bring you Sprint with Google Voice integration. Just download the Google Voice software to your computer and smartphone, choose preferences to fit your needs and now you’re in complete control of all incoming calls.
Note: You don’t have to have Sprint to use Google Voice... it just simplifies things if you do.
Google Voice is loaded with great features such as the ability to have your cell phone number forwarded to an unlimited number of home, cell or business phones and have them all ring at the same time! This works great if you are in an area that has limited or no cell phone service such as in my home, where my cell will ring inside my home but if I answer I won’t be able to hear the caller, nor will the caller be able to hear me.
By having Google Voice forward calls from my cell to my Vtech wireless home phone that I use with "Magic Jack," whenever my cell rings, my home phone rings and I can pick up the phone and carry on a normal conversation just as if I were on my cell phone and the caller never knows the difference. An added benefit is that talking on my home phone is much more comfortable than talking on my cell for long conversations.
Google Voice offers all kinds of neat features such as the ability to screen callers by pressing 1 on your phone to listen to the caller’s name to decide if you want to answer or not. You can press 2 and send the caller straight to voicemail. Press 4 to record the call. Press * to answer the call on the fly while screening your voicemail. All of this is done behind the scenes while all the caller hears is the phone ringing just like any other outgoing call.
If those features are not enough to keep bill collectors off your back, how about the ability to block unwanted callers so that the next time someone calls from the same number they will hear: “The number you have reached is no longer in service…please check the number and try your call again.” For companies that use auto-dialers, sometimes this message will trigger an automatic removal of your phone number from their computer’s database!
I should also mention that as a Sprint smartphone customer there is no need to change your cell number. For those who don’t have Sprint as a carrier service, no worries. Google Voice is available to you too. In this case, you will need to get a separate Google Voice number but you will still be able to enjoy most of the same features that you would have if you had Sprint.
I can go on and on about what Google Voice has to offer but I think you get the picture. Below is a list of just a few of the features offered but the best one of all is that Google Voice is free!
- Block Unwanted Callers
- Conference Calls
- Do Not Disturb Feature
- FREE Google Voice Number
- International Calling
- Free Voice-mail
- Port Your Number
- Call Screening
- SMS to email notification
- Transfer Calls Between Phones
- Visual Voice-mail
- And So Much More!!
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