Need a second number for FREE? Try Google Voice

Just a few days ago, I wrote a short article about our need for a second phone number which I hope you all read it.  Certainly Google did πŸ™‚ After more than fifteen months of testing, they officially launched their Google Voice which is now available for everyone in the US.

The service acts as a unified phone number. It can be used to make free calls to the U.S. and Canada, to send free text messages and more. Its voicemail system can even be checked by email.

Google Voice is a wonderful solution to the increasingly complex web of communication profiles. Instead of having to try to maintain separate phone numbers, you can just have one central number forwarded to different devices based on time of day or location.

I have used Google Voice for about 8 months. Generally, the services work as described. However, the quality of the connection is iffy at times, leading to dropped calls, poor audio quality, etc. As a free solution that emulates some VOIP features, it is acceptable. Now, if Google would ramp up this service to compete with Skype or to VOIP standards, that would make it much more attractive.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

12 Responses to Need a second number for FREE? Try Google Voice

  1. Thien-Ly Ngo says:

    It’s convenient to have people call the Google Voice number and it rings to the many phones you set up. I can choose to answer from the cell or house phone. Voicemails arrive via email. Quality is good.

  2. I have been using Google Voice for 11 months and the service is awesome!

    The speech to text voice mail function is humorous but it does give me somewhat a clue of who is calling and perhaps what about.

    My favorite service is using my Android phone and Google CallBack where I input the number I want to call, then Google rings my home VoIP line where I have unlimited inbound calls and then makes the outbound call. I am not bound to mobile service and I have unlimited calls at <$5.00/month through my VoIP service.

  3. β€œ….and along comes the US Dept of Justice, ready to investigate Apple’s handling of digital music……”

  4. I have been using Google Voice for almost 2yrs when Grand Central launched in the Beta stage. The online service, speech to text, and selecting any phone to use, utilizing your computer to text, call and various other functions is awesome. The android phones makes is so much easier to use. When I educate friends and family they are amazed. Text to voice can improve, but overall GREAT.

  5. Been using it for 12+ months, good stuff

  6. Yup, I call Greece all the time. 2c/min and good quality

  7. Ralph says:

    Is there anyway Google Voice can be used a second phone number with a different area code?
    I am trying to find a job on another city/state and would like to use Google Voice if possible and keep my my local phone number. Example local phone number in Florida, would like to use Google Voice in Houston, TX area code.

  8. Elias Shams says:

    Would u create ur personal profile page and a page for ur company or product or service on our main site, ? Then,post those pages here for our review? Feel free to ask ur trusted peers to rate ur pages. Each page comes with a rating feature! the more and better rating, the better chance they get exposure even by google and yahoo

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