This is a guest post by Dorothy Anderson who is a finance blogger at OVLG. She offers advice to people on debt consolidation. 


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Financial fiasco gets in the news every now and then. We land up paying huge mobile bills sadly to add to our woes. What if you could save a little more and cut down on your cell phone bills? It is none other than our very own Google that has revamped telephone communication by introducing Google Voice (GV). GV will come to your rescue to help you make your both ends meet.

What is Google Voice? It a telephone calling, texting as well as an answering service. Google Voice was also known by the name Grand Central. Google Voice is a great approach towards organizing your phone communication as well as enabling you to save more dollars from your phone plan. If you are thinking that Google Voice will be replacing your landline or phone, then you are wrong. Let us see how Google Voice can be really effective in lowering your bills.

Google Voice (GV) facts:

At the outset, you need to sign up for a Google Voice account where you will have to select a phone number. This number will let you communicate and will be like a middle man between your phone numbers as well as other outside numbers. Now if someone makes a call to you at your Google Voice number, Google Voice will call up all the phones that you have entered while registering with GV. You will get a ring at your phones and the one you pick up will allow you to talk to the person who has called you. This is the reason GV is tagged as “one number to rule all the numbers”. Apart from incoming, outgoing calls are also facilitated by GV and you can use any of your phones for this. You can also sent text messages via GV. GV has a special feature to direct all your text messages to your mail box and they will come from an address at .txt.voice.google.com.

What you get from Google Voice is a free phone number. This number will be connecting your current phone numbers whether at office or home. Money is considered to be the root of all evils. So it is important that we control the reigns of money. Debt stories are becoming common. People run into debts because of overspending and also due to their laziness. When they are into arrears, they run to consolidate debt for improving credit record or even at times submit to bankruptcy. So before these horrors could grip you, start saving from today. With GV, all your phones will ring together and you can pick up any phone that is near to you thus reducing minute usage.

Another advantage that GV offers is, you can add your GV# to the various calling circle programs to make your incoming free. You will find many such as T-Mobile MyFaves, AT&T’s A-List, Verizon Friends & Family and many more. For making your outgoing calls free, call your GV# and then press 2 and thereafter dial a number you wish to make a call. For free long distance calls from your landline, you can switch over to a local plan without a long distance calling facility. Now when you wish to make a long distance call, just call your GV# and dial from there. Just remember that calls made to US or Canada is absolutely free!

Google Voice will be an all new money saving experience. So jump start by requesting a Google Voice invitation here at https://services.google.com/fb/forms/googlevoiceinvite/. GV is all set to give you one number that will make others reach out to you everywhere on all your phones.

5 Comments

  1. The Biz of Life // Wednesday, March 17, 2010 8:53:00 AM  

    Sounds like it is worth a try.

  2. Mcneri // Wednesday, March 17, 2010 7:32:00 PM  

    Indeed Google Voice is a masterpiece. I have been using the service since the fall or late summer. I have my vanity number to my City, St Paul MN and I had three invites which I sent to close ones. I save money by not having text on my phone. I send text through GV and receive text through GV. SMS is actually blocked from my cellphone plan, saving me at least 5 dollars every month.
    It is indeed a money saver.

  3. C. // Friday, March 19, 2010 5:31:00 PM  

    I've heard so many good things about google voice! haven't received an invitation yet though. 'been waiting for almost a year.

  4. Dawn // Friday, March 19, 2010 5:34:00 PM  

    @C.
    I haven't received one either - I think there are some forums that you can sign up for and put your name on a list that when people get a few "tell a friend" offers you can try that way.

  5. tutifruti // Sunday, March 21, 2010 11:55:00 AM  

    Call me crazy, but what ever happened to a regular cell phone? It's probably just as inexpensive. Take NET10 for example,- 10 cents a minute, about 3 cents a text. If you keep it at about 150 minutes you won't spend more than $15 a month and that's without a contract!These guys are pretty good they even give you the first 2 months of service and 300 minutes free! Check them out.