I only see two possible advantages to using Google Voice. If you have multiple telephones and telephone numbers, you could have all of them forwarded into Google Voice and from there to your Droid so you could get all of your calls on one phone. Secondly, you can log onto Google Voice and send fee SMS messages from your computer. I was going to do that, but I went ahead and signed up for 250 messages for $5 per month.
Sounds like everyone is putting Google Voice and Google Number together. Voice is just the application, Number is a new number that you can have all your phones linked to. I only applied for Google Voice. What this does is take over your current VZW voicemail application and uses the Google Voicemail. These are top advantages I like with GV:
1. You can remove the required password to log into your voicemail.
2. GV translates the audio into text, but still gives you the ability to listen to the audio if you want.
3. Now I never have to delete a voicemail, I can just archive the messages just like in Gmail! (this is the greatest advantage in my opinion)
4. Then there is the actual visual application of being able to use on your computer which is convenient to have. I dont have to log into some audio only message system to see or hear my messages.
Actually Google Voice is the Google application that allows you to do all of those things including forwarding phones to one number, etc. I tried the voice mail and didn't like it.
I have used it off an on with my Droid Eris, and I have an issue with using my google voice number.
If I have my family use the google number, and they call me with, now it is considered out of network call. If I call using google number will be a out of network call also? I think it is too. I think I can only use the google number to non verizon customers calling me and them calling them. It looks like I still have to use two numbers, which is what I did not want to do. When making a call with google voice app, does it make the call with the data connection like a voip call and does not use the voice connection?
If someone knows how this works, I would welcome a response. I asked the Verizon representative and they were not sure how it works.
I've been using Google Voice since I got my Droid and I love it. I use my Google Voice # as my work number. Then I have my calls routed to both my cell and office, so I never miss a call. Even when I work at home. It also allows me make work calls using my Google Voice # from my cell or home phone, so clients only have one number. That, in turn, allows me to route calls on a contact by contact basis. Some calls go right to voicemail, some get a personalized voicemail message, etc...
Also, I have my home phone routed to another Google Voice account that then forwards the call to both my cell phone and my wife's cell phone. It has allowed us to eliminate our home phone system. As soon as Google gets number portability, we'll move our home phone # to Google.
In most cases, I think that people that don't like gVoice, don't know how to configure it for their needs. Every person that I have shown my configuration to has begged me for an invite.
I also use and like Google Voice. I don't use the Android app. And I don't use the Google number, only my own. I have the voice messages on my computer which is pretty handy. My only minor complaint is that the voice-to-text translations aren't so good sometimes. But I can usually get the gist of the message. And I get a text message and an email of the voicemail.
I hadn't thought of using the Google number as a work number, or in my case, a house number when I don't want to give my mobile number out. However, I have my system in place and working well, I'll leave it for now.
and we all get free mobile to mobile calling and that would cost them and me (Family plan) money... Otherwise voice is a great addition...
So far I love this app by Google. It seems there are still some bugs for them to work out but the audio to txt translation is just so handy to use sometimes not to mention you can archive voice mails and NEVER need to delete them! Anybody else using Google Voice?
How is anyone using google voice?
I have tried to request an invite since I got my droid over a month ago, and no response.
I downloaded the app, but it won't validate, I guess, since I have not received an invite?
Can anyone assist?
First post so hello!
I use it for my voicemail PLUS its a number I can give to peple who i dont want to have my cell number.
It is an out of network call for that time it gets forwarded, but I solved that issue by adding my GV number to my Friends and Family list. Now, it is in network for me.
I like the transcription. Its not the best, but it lets me know if I need bother check my voice mail at that time. I also, as previously noted, can archive my messages forever. I can listen to then online or on my phone, I can sms from the online app and have it show my number or the V number.
There are SO many things I use it for.
Ive never needed to download the app from the market. TBH, didnt know there was one. I have been using GV for years and was stoked when they offered it as a voicemail replacement as I had been using youmail before that, Im a google girl tho and like having everything tied together.