Monday, January 30, 2012

Simplifying Your Life… with Google Voice

 

 

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For the past 2 or 3 months now I've been tinkering with another cool idea from Google.

 

As you've been hearing (both from me and people a lot smarter than me), the web is moving more and more to Cloud based applications.

The Cloud is a really great idea in that it means your information is stored, not on your local hard drive, but on a a computer in a remote location with a reliable high speed Internet connection.  No matter where you are, as long as you have an Internet connection, you have access to this data.

You don't have to back it up, upgrade software, or do anything else.  The provider of The Cloud service does everything... all you need to do is connect.

Google has done a good job of Cloud applications with Gmail, Google Calendar, and several other offerings.  I've been a Gmail and Calendar user for years now and have had great experiences with both.

Even though Google Talk has been available for a while now, my schedule had been so insane that I just hadn't had a chance to work with it... and that's a shame because after some time with it, I feel that the crazier your life is, the more you need this service!

In a nutshell, Google Voice let's you use one phone number to access your entire life... no matter how many phone numbers you happen to have.  You can use either a number provided by Google or specify another.  When that number is called, every number you enter into the system will ring.

In my case, I've used my mobile number.  I have 2 cell phones, but when you call my main mobile number, both of these phones ring. I could also have other phones ring too if I wanted.

The service provides voice mail which can be accessed over the web, through email, or through an app on your phone (the apps are available for all the popular platforms).  The voice mail is also converted to text and emailed to you as well as being sent via text message to your mobile phone.

The apps also allow you to receive and respond to text messages from any device you own.  A text to my mobile number will be received by me on my Gmail account, my iPhone, my Samsung Galaxy II, my iPad, and my Xoom tablet.  I can respond on any of these devices and all my devices will be updated with my response.

There are other functions as well, but by now I'm sure you get the idea.  I'm loving Google Voice & I'm confident you will as well.  Take it for a spin & let me know what you think!

And for a more in-depth look at this product, check out my article on Google Voice on the Dental Products Report website!

 

 

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