13 apps for 2013 Day 5: Google Voice

Heading out of 2012 and into 2013 I am highlighting one app/program a day that helps me with my productivity. This is Day 5 and today I’m going to introduce you to Google Voice.

Of all the apps I am going to mention in this series, this is probably the one I use the most. I use Google Voice several times a day for sending and receiving calls and text messages.

Google Voice is a free (for now, they will be charging at some point I am sure) phone number which you can send to any phone or multiple phones.

You can set up so Google Voice is the account your cell phone dials out on, or you can set it so it asks you each time do you want to use Google Voice to place the call or your regular cell phone number.

Google Voice is great for forwarding office/business phones to a friend or partner while you are on vacation. With the ability to send to more than one phone it makes handling calls a sinch.

If you miss a call and the call goes to your Google Voice voicemail, Google will do an automatic transcript for every voicemail. OK, so this is not perfect, just ask Nick Bastian about funny typos within Voice, but it does a good enough job to usually figure out what the message is about.

You also get unlimited text messages with Google Voice. When you get a text message you can also respond to the text message from within your email account as a copy is sent to your email inbox.

And Google Voice does so much more than that. What else can you do with Google Voice?

  • Save all voicemails and text messages forever
  • Search inside voicemails with the text recognition
  • Create individualized voicemail recordings for different people or groups
  • Initiate calls and text messages from your computer with the plugin
  • Forward your voicemails and text messages to your email or another promgram such as Evernote
  • Set up widgets on your website so people can call you by clicking
  • Set up a special widget so people can click and get more information on something such as a specific listing
  • Record phone calls
  • And much more

I really do love Google Voice. I have used Google Voice as my primary cell phone number and business line for a few years now and could not imagine ever using something else to handle calls and text messages.

 

Full list of 13 apps for a more productive 2013