How can I best use Google Voice?
August 26, 2010 7:10 PM Subscribe
I can't get my head around Google Voice. Just what can it do for me?
posted by lhauser to Technology (16 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
In general, I know how Google Voice works (at least I think I do). But I'm trying to figure out how I can best use it.
Here's my situation. I'm unemployed and likely to remain so for awhile, as I will be attending school through my state's employment security department for the next nine months or so. When I lost my job, my wife and I dumped our $75/month family cell phone plan and got pay-as-you-go Tracfones (both with double minutes, so when we pay for a 60 minute card we get 120 minutes of time).
One of the reasons we went with the Tracfones is that we used our cell phones relatively little each each month; our heaviest use was daily long distance calls to my wife's father, which was always done during free calling time. We now use a very reasonable long distance card on our landline to make most long distance calls.
So, can I leverage my Google Voice account to any advantage here? Every thing I do on the Tracfone costs money -- a per minute charge (billed in increments as small as 20 seconds) for talking or listening to voice mail, and 1/3 of a minute to send or receive text messages. I typically go through one 60 minute card a month ($20), my wife even less, and our long distance card lasts several months.
I really don't care about using Google Voice to assist with my land line, unless I can use it to do long distance even cheaper than our current long distance card.
Would it be to our advantage to port any of our cell or land line numbers over to Google Voice? I just can't get my head around how to get the best use out of the service.