How many people actually use their Google Voice number?


Do you actually use your google voice number?

  1. Yes, all the time!

    80 vote(s)
    40.6%
  2. Only for voicemail

    76 vote(s)
    38.6%
  3. No, don't like it

    41 vote(s)
    20.8%

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  1. BigMace23

    BigMace23 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I want to completely switch over and use only my google voice number... however I can't because of one crucial feature it is missing, mms. I still use my gv number for voicemail and stuff and I want to really use all of the features it offers, but without mms I am sticking with my original verizon number and saving the hassle of telling everyone I got a new number. Maybe google will implement this soon or give us a way to use our existing numbers.
    What do you guys think?
     

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  2. zoeckler

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    i switched over and IF someone wants to send me a pix message, i tell them my 'other' cell number. It rarely happens.
     
  3. JonnyCerv

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    I guess I want to use it....but don't really see the need. Still feel like I should be utilizing this. Especially for the visual voice mail. But who really leaves voice-messages anymore?

    Just wondering why I would also want my work number going to my cell. Somebody show me the light.
     
  4. AndroidsOfTara

    AndroidsOfTara Well-Known Member

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    I have been using GV as my only number for voice & SMS since I got my Droid in early December. I sent out a bunch of text messages or email asking everyone to change to my new number and I think maybe 90% have.

    I use GV along with Cox's "selective call acceptance" (blocks all callers except those on a whitelist) on my land line. This pretty much gives me complete control over who calls me and how they can (or can't!) reach me.
     
  5. BigMace23

    BigMace23 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I was gonna do this... but I decided not to just because it would be to much of a hassle for me to tell all of my contacts to call/sms this number and mms another. Google really needs to implement this to make gv fully functional.
     
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    if you pay for texting, google voice saves you money. nuff said.
     
  7. BigMace23

    BigMace23 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Dang I want to do this!!!
     
  8. Redflea

    Redflea Well-Known Member

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    Never use it...texting included in my family plan, and don't have a need to filter who calls.

    Seemed like an interesting idea at the time, but so far it hasn't been any real use to me.
     
  9. messenger13

    messenger13 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but not ALL of the time. I LOVE it!!!
     
  10. Grecho

    Grecho Well-Known Member

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    i only wanted it for the voice mail features, but a recent trip to canada showed me the great advantages, i switched off my wireless and only used my wifi and avoided ALL roaming charges, simply amazing, yea i needed to be on wifi but everywhere i went offered free wifi so i was amazed at the capability, i sent and received txts as well as phone calls, of course nothing while driving but that was ok.
     
  11. Bkfraiders7

    Bkfraiders7 Well-Known Member

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    Is there any specific way you use it Joe? Such as androids of Tara
     
  12. gotwillk

    gotwillk Well-Known Member

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    really never saw a point to it. tried it for a while but didnt see the point.
     
  13. Bkfraiders7

    Bkfraiders7 Well-Known Member

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    The only real point I see is giving it out for emergency. Such as having this number allows you to reach my phone, my wifes phone, mothers phone, fathers phone, or my house phone.

    A just in case so to speak.
     
  14. BigMace23

    BigMace23 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'd like to know this too... Joe always knows great droid tricks
     
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    xmr405o Well-Known Member

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    Not really but I wouldn't say I don't like it.
     
  16. messenger13

    messenger13 Well-Known Member

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    I have started giving out the number so I can direct calls to multiple places simultaneously. With a few clicks of the mouse I can have that number ring my DROID, RAZR, home phone ... or any of the other cell phones in the house. While at work, it rings my desk phone, work cell, and DROID. Too cool! :cool:

    I also use it to make calls from my home land line. I have Google Voice call my home number, then dial anywhere in the country for free. All while my DROID is free for texting, surfing, etc...

    Google Voice voicemails can be downloaded as mp3 files and sent to anyone/anywhere, or retrieved from any computer than has Google access.

    Lastly, I like being able to press '4' on the dialpad at any time to record the call. If someone wants to give my a phone number, address, or other info, I just press 4 and retrieve the info later. That recording also gets transcribed into a text and/or email of my choosing.

    Other than that ... it sucks! :p
     
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  17. Hegemony

    Hegemony Well-Known Member

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    I use it frequently. I give it to everyone now. If don't know someone, I prefer they don't have my real number. Google Voice gives me more options to control the communication. I use the call screening thing and it has saved me from conversations I'd rather not have. It's also really good for selling stuff on Craigslist.
     
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  18. Bkfraiders7

    Bkfraiders7 Well-Known Member

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    Knew youd have a good tip. I didnt know about the dialing 4 to record.
     
  19. Grecho

    Grecho Well-Known Member

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    +1 it didn't even phase me to use that, im always weary of giving out my real number to cl users, wow total ++
     
  20. Sitting Duck

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    I use it as a "direct dial" number and have it set to ring my real office direct dial and my cell phone. It's great for working from home. I give it out to my business contacts so that I can get calls seamlessly at work and when I work from home. I have the GV dialer set to ask me whether to place a call using GV or not. When it dials with GV, it uses a local number that I originally thought would change from time to time but it turns out that it's the same number each time so I put it in my friends and family call list. Thus, outgoing calls using GV are airtime free. If you set GV to show your GV number on the caller ID and then put your GV number in your friends and family list then incoming calls to your GV number are airtime free. As a result of all this, all my business calls, both incoming and outgoing are airtime free. If you set GV so that an unanswered call to your cell number is forwarded to GV, then you get free visual voicemail. I've been able to drop my cell plan minutes as a result of GV.
     
  21. almahix

    almahix Well-Known Member

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    my ages-old phone number is at vonage, and it immediately forwards my calls to GV which then simultaneously rings the house verizon number, the office, and the droid. If I could transfer my vonage number to GV I would, but they haven't made that possible yet
     
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    My wife uses more and more minutes each month so I finally switched to the 1400 min fam share plan. I added my google voice number as one of the 10 favorites and she now have 2x as many minutes. I think this will keep her content for a while...
     
  23. QrafTee

    QrafTee Well-Known Member

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    I usually use it for voice mail. When I get my Nexus One, I might use it more.
     
  24. Nicks88

    Nicks88 Well-Known Member

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    Need more selections for this poll. I use my GV number when calling businesses or dealing with anyone outside my family and friends.
     
  25. Nissan1973

    Nissan1973 Well-Known Member

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    I agree, need more selections. I only use it for the free texts and occasionally craigslist.
     

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