Google Voice. Does anyone here use it for a special number for your biz?

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DJPop

Uh, My Real Name is Jay.
I read about Google Voice in MaximumPC magazine, and it got me interested in using it. I guess what it does is, you create a phone number, then Google then ports that number to either your landline phone or cell phone.

Does anyone here use that service?
 

Arnoldo Offermann

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My cell phone, photobooth company, and 4SchoolsOnly use Google voice. We also have a line that we use for call forwarding. When we're not in the office we call forward to Google Voice and designate which lines go to which cells phones and WHEN to go straight to voicemail.
 

DJPop

Uh, My Real Name is Jay.
Arnoldo,

the one thing the article said was how much it costs. Or is it a free thing?
 

robertbenda

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It's a free thing and it's pretty good. I originally got it to have a business line and have it ring where I want it to ring. I also like the automatic voicemail transcripts so I can read if a message was important instead of worrying why my wife would call at midnight or some such.
 

unlimitedsounds

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hile I have a line for my business, I ue google voice more and more... It does a FOLLOW ME so it rings me where I am and I can make a call from my cell phone (or any phone) using google voice and they dont see the # I am calling from but rather the google voice #. It also can send and receive text messages....... works ery well with 2 android apps I have on my phone.. ONE of them is the google voice app and the other one is an app to decide what phone #'s dial through regular cell dialer and which ones go with google voice dialer...
 

Old_Goat

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I do the same with Skype, (BTW: I use the paid version-used to be called "premium" ), and have been for years. I use G/Voice probably once a week, for some Linux-ers that gave up Skype when MS bought them out.
 
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DJPop

Uh, My Real Name is Jay.
I can't find a number in my zip code, or area code for my business. lol

tried:
M1DJ
DJM1
MOB1
various others.

Then when I try to use my exsisting cell number, I get this:

Available options for using your existing mobile number:
Use your Sprint mobile number with Google VoiceSprint users can now seamlessly use their existing mobile phone number as their Google Voice number, without having to move their number from Sprint.
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You may be able to use your Sprint mobile number with Google VoiceSprint users can now seamlessly use their existing mobile phone number. However, Sprint is undergoing some maintenance so we cannot confirm your eligibility. Please try again in a few hours if you are interested in this option.
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You may soon be able to use your Sprint mobile number with Google VoiceSprint users will soon be able to seamlessly use their existing mobile phone number as their Google Voice number. We are currently rolling out this feature progressively. Please check back over the next few days if you are interested in this option.
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Port your mobile number to Google VoicePorting means that you move your number from your carrier to Google Voice. You can then use the full set of Google Voice features without having to change your number.Port your number
Get Google Voicemail for your existing mobile number
Keep your existing number with your carrier and get the lite version of Google Voice which includes some of the most popular features like online voicemail and voicemail transcriptions.
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Porting your mobile number to Google Voice is unavailable
Your mobile number can not be ported at this time.
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I'd like a new number, one that goes with the biz, but looks like I am s.o.l. with that. Anyone maybe smarter than me can come up with a number?
 

robertbenda

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I don't understand, they have lists? Don't worry about a 1800-Call-A-DJ style number. Just get some digits. Any area of any population most clever combos are gone (like 1234, 0000, etc). I settled for 1101 but it doesn't matter at all to the clients. Once you're in their cell, they'll never see your number again. I couldn't get one local to my tiny town, but my nearest bigger one had available numbers and most of my clients come from there anyway.
 

djmrg

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Question: So when they dial the google voice number, on your cell can you tell it is coming through google voice? I am looking for a way to identify what calls are business vs. what calls may be personal. It will dictate how I answer my cell. Any help is appreciated.
 

robertbenda

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Question: So when they dial the google voice number, on your cell can you tell it is coming through google voice? I am looking for a way to identify what calls are business vs. what calls may be personal. It will dictate how I answer my cell. Any help is appreciated.
You can choose for your caller ID to either show their number, just like always; OR have it say Google Voice.

I opted for their number, then, if it's a number I don't know I always answer professionally. Aren't all/most of your personal calls coming from numbers in your contact list?
 

Maverick

Pumping It Up
We have an office line for all our business calls, its been SO nice not having a cell phone ring all the time, now if we are in the office we answer, if not they leave a message we call back after getting notified of a new VM...separate your lives from your business you will feel the relief...
 

robertbenda

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We have an office line for all our business calls, its been SO nice not having a cell phone ring all the time, now if we are in the office we answer, if not they leave a message we call back after getting notified of a new VM...separate your lives from your business you will feel the relief...
Google Voice let's you set rules, so you could have a land line and cell ring from one number, then it stops ringing your cell after 5pm.
 

DJPop

Uh, My Real Name is Jay.
I love GoogleVoice. I really love the voicemail, its so much simpler and easier to use cause I listen to all my voicemails on the web.
 

Maverick

Pumping It Up
I just can't trust a "free" number for one of the "life bloods" of my business....maybe a secondary..but not a primary...
 

DJPop

Uh, My Real Name is Jay.
Believe me, if I had the funds, I'd have an 800 number. Maybe in the near future....
 
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