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Thursday Poll: Do you use Google Voice?

Google Voice may be my favorite Google service or Android app of all time. With the latest update that was released today, a great product managed to get even better and I’m ecstatic. As someone that has a handful of phones from varying places at all times, Google Voice allows me to manage them all under a single number. I can’t live without it. The free texting also comes in handy as well as the visual voicemail and access to them from both computer and phone, but the multiple phone number management is really the key here.

I’m just curious to know if others have given their life over to Voice like I have. If you haven’t, is there a particular reason? The biggest hurdle for me (and still is sometimes) was having to change my phone number with everyone. But once the initial pain of that was out of the way, it has been smooth sailing. Well, until someone tries to send you a picture message that is. But who does that in 2012 anyway? Email those, people. No one wants to see that low-quality, shrunken carrier MMS message when you can email the full version at no cost over data.

Do you use Google Voice?

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  • jayarmstrong

    the three issues I have with GV are:
    -no MMS messages. People assume I got their MMS messages and neither of us knows better. Also, iphones send all group texts as MMS for some reason. I’ve missed a lot of invitations and had some friendships get rocky over that, again, because no one realizes the message didn’t go through.
    -voice quality. Worse than your regular cellular call, which is already bad. The delay causes a lot of hassle.
    -GV texts don’t integrate into the Android messaging system. It would be *much* nicer to have the option of using the myriad SMS apps out there, which pretty much all work better than GV.

    Pro’s: too many to leave it ūüôā

  • Andy Christiansen

    how do you even text in google voice? i don’t see the option

  • Coderedpl

    I’m not sure if this works for everyone or not or how it even works but a few weeks ago someone sent me a picture messages to my google voice number and that picture message showed up in my gmail inbox as coming from the number that sent it to me. BUT for others who tried the same, it didn’t work So i’m not sure how it really works.

    I use it for calls, voicemail and text. I just wish my verizon plan was eligible for the verizon “friends or whatever option so i dont have to waste minutes when using google voice

  • vzw doesnt seem to let me use GV for VVM, i have tried but it says carrier doesnt support, am i doing this wrong or do i have to be rooted to allow that to work properly?

  • GotSka81

    I love the visual voicemail, and texting is okay (I have an unlimited plan, so it’s not as great as for some), but my biggest gripe is using it for phone calls. ¬†It’s nice to have a number I can hand out to sources I don’t trust (companies, bills, etc), but if I use it for friends, I will never get free minutes for calling Verizon to Verizon. ¬†When I first decided to use my GV number exclusively, I didn’t realize this and almost went over on minutes. ¬†I don’t think there’s a way to fix this, but it’s a shortfall nonetheless.

  • I think its the best voice mail service ever! I love being able to read my VMs I just wish people would talk more clear so its understood when google translates it to text. lol¬†

  • I use google voice to make calls to non verizon numbers for free…Just set up your google voice number as a friends and family number…..then when you call does not use you peak min. was able to take my plan down from unlimited yo having four numbers share 1000 min as we all do the same

  • Christopher Riner

    You know, ¬†I got google voice for the free visual vm service, and initially thought it was crap because I couldn’t batch delete my vm’s. ¬†

    But since then- man do I use the sh*t out of this thing. ¬†Google voice is absolutely one of my most important apps. ¬†I don’t want someone knowing my real number? ¬†Perfect give them the google voice. ¬† ¬†I love having different voicemails for different groups, too. ¬†Google voice is one of the coolest things google has done for android, since android. Definitely awesome, and for those people out there who don’t use all of its features– get on your computer and go through the settings. ¬†There are tons of awesome things that you can do with google voice.¬†

  • Jump237

    I use it as a work number. This prevents me from carrying two phones. Why two numbers you ask? Privacy i so not want clients to have my personal number. Also i can tuen on do not disturb on.

  • nseg

    I LOVE Google Voice! ¬†I use it every day. ¬†I got it while it was still in beta and haven’t been able to live without it since. ¬†Where I work we have spotty cell reception at best, but I’m not always at my desk. ¬†Before I got GV my wife would try to contact me and would have 3 different numbers to try (desk phone, work cell, and personal cell). ¬†Now she only calls one number. ¬†Also, I’m on Verizon and I’m not about to pay for a txt msg plan so I use GV for texting. I really love the plug-in for chrome that lets me send messages from my desktop (using a full-size keyboard for typing is awesome). ¬†And last but not least, since my family is not in local calling (and again since I can’t use my cell phone at my desk), I use GV to make calls for free long distance while I’m at work.

  • Obi5683

    The text translations on voicemail are often hilarious, even if the actual message is not.

  • kfath1978

    I use to use GV for my voicemail.  Then for some reason it stopped working on verizon.  I really liked it too.  I read somewhere where verizon blocked it or something. Can someone please explain if there is a way for it to work?

    • Dan

      I’m using it on Verizon, works great.

      • kfath1978

        Every time I install GV it says its not supported by your carrier and some features wont work. ¬†What happens is when people call and get my VM they get some generic message and cant leave a VM. ¬†I tried to mess around w/ it but was never able to get it working….

  • IamDdotWest

    It’s like a second line on my phone, but with more options. I love it!

  • Dannymcleod74

    I run my business with it.

  • Chise

    I wish I could but it doesn’t work in Australia.

  • todd

    wife and I used it for visual voice mail. Sometimes it just tells people I’m not available and doesn’t allow them the option of leaving a message. Never could figure out why.

  • Danofiveo

    I used it when it first came out. But gave up when I noticed that the transcriptions were so terrible.

  • eddieonofre

    I have already given my life to GVoice
    So much that at times i forget what is my real number

  • It doesn’t exist.

  • I guess I’m in the minority vote. I use GVoice for everything and receiving MMS (from 1 person that acutally sends it. Facebook has replaced MMS for many people folks)¬†

  • Thanassi

    I use the visual voice mail, and the texts/calls only apply to certain people. I’m an independent contractor and I designated my GVoice number as my business line. Clients contact me exclusively through GVoice. I never went through the trouble of giving everyone my new number, but I like that I can separate business and pleasure.

  • DeeMat

    Voicemail only. 

  • Rodeojones000

    Never so much as opened the app. In fact, if a ROM I’m using comes with it included I’ll delete the apk prior to flashing.

  • Rodys Gonzalez


    • Q

      ??? This doesnt work for me.. if I send a SMS to my gvoice, it does forward to gmail… if I send a MMS, nothing comes throuhgh.

    • Angryunibrow

       Are you on Sprint?

    • Dan

      These seems to work when my daughter on Sprint sends me a mms it goes to my gmail, but when my other daughter on AT&T does I get nothing.. I’m on Verizon.

  • Rodys Gonzalez

    I have unlimitted txts; so it makes no difference.. but the convenience of G. Voice cannot be beaten;… ¬†
    I used it all day;.. and at work,, via my work laptop so am not stuck to my phone.. lol..

  • Semantics

    Google voice is great for contacting hookers on Backpage!

  • Brkshr

    It would be really nice if GVoice would memorize which phone numbers I do & don’t want to use with it. ¬†So I don’t have to select every time I dial a number.

  • schwinn8

    Voicemail and SMS… too bad MMS isn’t supported properly yet. Also, when I tried to use it for calls, there was a TON of lag… is it just me or do others have the same issue on GV-calls?

  • Roog

    I wish Verizon made porting my Verizon number to Google Voice an easy task. To do so mid-contract, you are breaking their contract and they will charge you accordingly. Otherwise, it would be a pain to have to alert everyone (and expect them to amend their contact info, most won’t) about a new phone number when I have had mine for years.

    I use GV for the visual voicemail only right now.

  • OU812

    I use it for everything. One number to rule them all. Sometimes I forget my phone at home. No problem, add my work cell to GV. Travel out of the country and don’t want to pay for international, GrooveIP with wifi in the hotel and I can call home. Tether my phone to my computer and I want to make a phone call, use the Chrome Google Talk plugin and I use my GV number to make calls from my computer. Free visual voicemail with GV. Free SMS with GV. Lousy cell reception at my relatives house, no problem, hop onto their wifi and use GrooveIP with GV.

    • OU812

      I forgot to mention the ability to spam block numbers so they can’t call you again, have private callers reveal themselves or they don’t get their call through, listening to someone leaving a voicemail message before deciding to answer the call. Being able to respond to a voicemail with a text for a quick reply.

  • InvaderDJ

    I love Google Voice but it has needed MMS forever. Yes it is old, yes email is better, blah, blah, blah. The point is the rest of the world uses it and it is a losing proposition (not to mention not something I want to do) to try and convince my friends and family to not use it. So until these other options get more widely used, I would love if Google got MMS working.

    …At this point I don’t care about sending MMS’s, or even having them show up in the Google Voice app. Just have it send an email to my email with the picture attached, that would be nice.

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  • I use it to prank call my friends, when I call a bill collector, or have to call a client from the road.