There have been some issues reported
with Google Voice numbers being unreachable by certain inbound callers. The problem apparently lies with the originating carriers, so on the surface, it's clearly a challenging problem from Google's perspective.
But to me, this seems to be a complete show stopper for business use of GV numbers. How can you storefront this number if you can't be sure everyone can call it? I'm job hunting now, so I obviously want to be as certain as possible that any caller can reach me through my GV number.
Google has a moderately stale forum page
that talks about this and a form
to fill out to report known
failed connections. There are recent postings about the problem, but I haven't seen recent news about resolving this in a universal way.
Yeah, I know GV is free, and you get what you pay for. Just asking about anyone else's experience or knowledge. Boiled down, my questions are these:
1) Does anyone know of any updates regarding of GV's connection problems from other carriers?
2) Are you GV users confident that all calls are getting through to you?
3) Would getting a Vonage number give me any more reliability?
4) extra credit: Do you GV users receive calls directly from numbers not in your GV contacts list, or do these only ring through immediately to voice mail? ( I'm guessing this doesn't affect the connection issues, but I'm curious )