Created by Chris Walker in 2009, Google Voice is an excellent lightweight VoIP telephony solution that allows users to use one phone number across multiple phones. Google Voice is a free internet phone service that lets you make and receive calls, block numbers, and send text messages. Although availability is currently limited to the United States, people living in other countries can access Google Voice using a reliable VPN service or a United States telephone. Google Voice is currently available as a web application, and as apps on the iOS and Android operating systems.
To get a Google phone number, you need a functioning US or Canadian phone number. You must then set up Google Voice using details of a valid Google account, or create a Google account if you don’t already have one. Creating an account only takes a few minutes and requires users to provide basic information. After signing in, you can follow the steps below:
Google Voice helps to convert a user's voice to a digital signal that travels over the internet. With the help of a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) like Google Voice, users can make calls through their computers. The service offers an outstanding telephony service at an affordable price.
Google Voice requires an internet broadband connection to initiate or receive calls. First-time users may decide to use their existing mobile phone numbers or may opt for new phone numbers. People who prefer new numbers must input their current area code and choose a suitable phone number. Google also lets users input their desired digits if unsatisfied with the provided one. This feature is mostly advantageous to businesses that want to circulate easy numbers to current and potential customers.
Once you have a Google Voice phone number, you can make calls or send and receive text messages using a phone or a computer. You can also create a voicemail message after the setup is complete. Users receiving voicemails via Google Voice can access it in the app and get a transcript or recording sent to their email.
For incoming calls, you receive a notification that someone is calling your Google Voice number, especially if your settings forward calls to your cell phone. When calls are made from a Google Voice number, you can decide which number (Personal or Google Voice number) you want shown as your caller ID on the receiver’s device.
There are numerous benefits of a Google phone number. Some of these benefits include:
Using Google Voice is free for calls to and from US and Canadian numbers. However, overseas calls come at an extra cost.
The first step is to set up a Google Voice account via a web browser. Verification on this number may be done via other VOIP services such as Ringcentral or Aircall.
Google Chat is Google's chat communication service available on desktop and mobile and designed to enable short messages over broadband internet. The service is available for iOS and Android users.
Google Chat enables teams to work easily and effectively from anywhere. It also guarantees safe connections with friends and colleagues. Individuals or organizations with Google Voice for Workspace accounts, may initiate calls using Google Chat.
To make calls using Google Chat, users should take the following steps: