For a long, long time I’ve been wanting to port my current cell phone number over to Google Voice. However, this weekend I just decided to accept the number Google has given me and change over to that number altogether. Don’t know what Google Voice is?
So why did I change over?
1. I’ve recently spent time with the Galaxy Tab in an effort to dive in to the Android OS because, quite frankly I didn’t know squat about it (as I’m a proud card carrying member of the apple fan boy club). Switching to Google Voice will allow me to use any phone and keep the same number. I’m now looking to try some of the new Windows 7 phones so I can get my head around that OS. The portability of the number was my biggest driver in making this change.
2. You can create rules to point people or groups to different phones. If my mom calls me I can have it ring my home phone. If someone from Engauge calls, I can have it ring my office phone. If I’m traveling oversees, I can have it ring the new craptastic phone I picked up. Being able to control which phones ring is really cool.
3. Voicemail translated to text. I don’t know about you, but I hate voicemail. At work I routinely let my voicemail fill up (it fills at 100 voicemails) just so people can’t leave me voicemails any more. Hate it. With Google Voice, it will take your voicemails, transcribe them into text and send you an email and/or a sms message.
4. Customized voicemail messages for people. Love that.
5. You can embed people’s voicemails into a blog. I didn’t even know I wanted to do that, but turns out I did :) As an example, I asked my good friend Danny Davis to leave me a voicemail about his startup, Proving Ground. Have a listen.
6. I can check voicemail and send texts…and call people, from my computer. LOVE that.
7. You can send text messages over wifi. If you have AT&T and live, well, almost anywhere, you’ll know that’s a nice feature to have.
One drawback I’ve noticed so far is that I don’t think I can send MMS through Google Voice, at least on the iPhone. That kinda stinks. But for two days now I’ve been very happy with the switch.