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Google Voice Adds Option to Filter Restricted or Anonymous Callers

The Google Voice team announced today that they had created two new groups to help you deal with anonymous or restricted callers. The first group is your main group of contacts that you can set up and let run probably the same way you are today. The second group though, is where all of the fun happens. This would be the Anonymous Callers group.

Since there are still people in this world that choose to hide their numbers when calling, you now have an option to battle them back. Through the Anonymous Callers group, you could say, set up a special voicemail that pops up after 1 ring and reads, “Yeah, your restricted number isn’t fooling anyone, broseph. Rethink your spam, Bahamas trip scam strategy and hit me up when you leave 1997.” See the power of this? Oh how I love me some Google Voice.

Via:  Google Voice

  • 1kenthomas

    We don’t seem to have an option to just treat these as spam?

  • Broceph

    Kellex, did you port your number to google voice? How does using it impact your minutes on VZW? I’m getting tempted to start using google voice more, but I can’t find any reliable information on how minutes are allocated when using google voice. (I have the 900 min, 5 friends and family plan). Thanks.

  • kdn102

    What would be really nice is if they would route the anonymous calls to an IVR that prompts for a name/company. Then let the call through but with a message that says “You have an incoming anonymous call from [play recording]. Press 1 to answer this call, press 9 to send it immediately to voice mail or hangup to treat this as a normal missed call.”

    If it is sent to voice mail the same type of prompt would play when you retrieve the voice mail:
    You have a missed anonymous call from [play recording]

    • That’s exactly what call screening is.

      • kdn102

        Oh good! I don’t have to wait very long then!

      • kdn102

        No, wait…what I described is NOT call screening. Call screening just lets you listen to the voice mail while they are leaving it. I want the service to prompt the caller for a voice “greeting” when there is no caller ID info. That would then be played before sending the caller to voice mail.

  • Google Voice is definitely one of the BETTER products to come from Google. {{-_-}}

  • CORYK333

    I f’in LOVE Google Voice. Thats all, nothing constructive to say bc this godsend of an app just keeps getting better.

    • John

      the only thing it’s missing is MMS support. although, i know it’s the carriers fault for this.

  • Typical Google minion says:

    I share droid life’s fanatical devotion to a telephone system that has never caught on with the general public. I refuse to think ahead to when google fails to properly implement or support this feature and I fail to see how this will lead to friends, colleagues, and current or potential employers being insulted by my witty and clever voicemail insults.

    • I also hate virtually free, convenient services, and I especially hate it when they introduce new handy, optional features.

    • Tyler

      They must not really be your friends if they don’t want to reveal their number to you.

  • KleenDroid