Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/170940/8-reasons-you-should-be-using-google-voice-if-youre-american/
Google Voice has been out for years, but many people in the US still haven’t given it a try. Google Voice offers many features you can’t get elsewhere, and almost all of them are free.
+1 for adding American thing!
Sounds like a novel idea, I'd love to give it a shot. But considering Google's recent shenanigans, it's not an option for me. After being sold out (literally), folks should be seeking Google alternatives, not getting themselves in deeper with a company that does not have their best interest in mind. Good article though, thanks!
One thing that has always been the nirvana of data collection for companies has been call centers. About 7 years ago a company I worked for had a product called Behavioral Analytics. The genius of this system was that recorded conversations with agents would be analyzed for the mood and other elements. With the voice vs. just text you are able to detect so many different attributes of the person. This all had to be done offline due to the amount of computing power needed.
Today with the advancements of clusters of transcoding servers all this can be done in real-time and time, providing hits to the call center agents on what to do next. Imagine all this being done at a small company without the billions of dollars that Google has to make your customer experience better on the phone.
Now image Google doing this? They have the processing technology and dollars to take every call made with Google voice, identify the parties you are speaking with, build in your emotional state, and provide advertisers even more data points that are used to market you as a person.
I am sorry there is just something that feels wrong with using Google as my phone / voice messaging platform. But this is a free market so people can make their own decisions on what they will use. For me it's not Google, I am happy running my own VoIP server at home with no Google interaction.
And -100 for there being an American thing to add!
We now know that Google has been complicit in acts against the American people by giving up private email and search data to the NSA through a program called PRISM. By using Google Voice, or any Google product, you're giving up your right to privacy.
Instead of standing up to the Federal Government and protecting its users from Orwellian spying, Google proves they have no balls and that the almighty dollar is more important than our private conversations and searches. Google products should be boycotted, not promoted!
Well put Mr. Galt. How is Ms. Taggart doing in the Gulch?
My first two reasons trump your eight:
Google can't be trusted. It's no secret they are snoopy. Google even admitted (rather smugly, at that) that people can't expect any privacy when using G-mail. True, no internet service will be 100% safe, but Google is hight on the list for being unsafe.
Google is notorious for bringing out services, then discontinuing them after people have had time to become dependent on them.
I neither have nor especially want a smart phone. The cell phone I do have is as dumb as moose poop.
@ RonV42. Cute!
Any alternative VoIP service? One that works outside the US?
Sorry but I can't trust Google any more
once it's installed it can't be removed from your phone service. you have to pay your phone service provider to change your phone number.
I've had Google Voice now for almost a year and love it! Along with my 3 Magic Jacks and and a Tracfone I have reduced my phone bill by $100/mo. My Magic Jack travels with me so when I stay with friends or in a motel I get my calls and make them free. Never away from my home phone. I can add or delete numbers at will. It's a great service.
Additionally I can send and receive texts easily. My Tracfone rings to notify me of it's arrival, but off to my keyboard to reply. No Charg, easy typing. My tablet also sounds a note or two that the e-mail transcript has arrived and I can answer in a reply if I want.
The text and voice transcripts of messages left on the answering system are great, too. sent to email if I'm not on Google voice.
I can answer the cell phone out side and transfer to the home Magic Jack easily once inside to save cell charges.
Personally, not being paranoid, I like the services I get from Google and support them 100%.
When the contract ran up on my smart phone a year ago, I turned off service and used Google Voice + GrooveIP solely. It was fantastic having a phone with no phone bill. The only catch is that service is only available when you're on Wi-Fi, but in today's age, when aren't you? Afterall, 9-1-1 still works on every phone, regardless of service.
I'm still using and loving it. I laugh at all the naysayers above me citing Google's privacy issues, as if they have anything worth snooping to begin with. Sorry to burst bubbles, but your lives aren't as important as you think they are. Nobody cares enough to read your emails/text messages. Get over yourselves.
Just wish they cared enough to fix the shifting screen in the google voice contacts.. been that way for months.
Reason #9... It's a great way to prank the NSA.
I've been using Voice for a over a year.When it first came out it gave me a limited time to set up a number. As I very seldom make any calls I didn't get back to it for many months. When I tried it wouldn't let me set it up for a new number so I could receive calls on my PC. Now when I try to set it up I can not get I to recognize my Magic-jack number. I just keeps loading. I can and do make all my out going calls of the PC, no problem. Google Play store has an android app for Magic-Jack that I use on my old Thrive tablet. It works pretty well with Voice.
I like gvoice because it works with my inexpensive OBI100 voip adapter. less then $40.00
and you get a phone/faxline by plugging it into your router/switch. works for me.
any trick to get google voice number outside of usa. I tried callcentric,ipkall,xlite softphone and vpn.but I have trouble getting voice number in google voice site.sorry for my english.
It won't work. You can use Voice from outside the US, but the number it assigns you is from the US. That's done on Google's side, and you can't do anything to help it.
Iam trying to get off all of Google's services, and Voice is the one thing that has kept me from closing my languishing Gmail account. Google has an annoying habit of shuttering services I use, which is why I'm divorcing them, so I imagine they'll shutter Voice soon and it'll be a moot point. Before then, however, I'd love to hear about some Voice alternatives.
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