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    Google Voice Receives New Features

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    via the Google Voice Blog: "Google Voice is all about enabling choice: which phone you pick up your calls on, where to review your voicemail messages, how to send and reply to text messages, etc. So when it comes to your phone number, it was logical for us to also offer a choice of which number to use with Google Voice.

    Previously, when you created a Google Voice account, we asked you to select a new Google phone number. This allowed us to offer features like call forwarding, screening, and recording. But we know not everyone wants to start using a new phone number, so we've been working on another option for people who are willing to trade some features for the ability to keep their existing number.


    More specifically, if you sign up for Google Voice with your existing number, you'll get:

    • Online, searchable voicemail
    • Free automated voicemail transcription
    • Custom voicemail greetings for different callers
    • Email and SMS notifications
    • Low-priced international calling

    If you decide to also get a new Google number, you'll get all of the above PLUS:
    • One number that reaches you on all your phones
    • SMS via email
    • Call screening
    • Listen In
    • Call recording
    • Conference calling
    • Call blocking


    Check out the full details and a demo video here.
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    Now the only thing I'm missing is the App. (sigh.......)

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    Quote Originally Posted by srl7741 View Post
    Now the only thing I'm missing is the App. (sigh.......)
    LOL. Don't worry, you have the iPhone, there's an app for tha...Oh wait, nevermind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MStrawder View Post
    LOL. Don't worry, you have the iPhone, there's an app for tha...Oh wait, nevermind.
    ROFL classic.

    Well at least Google made a very nice iPhone geared mobile website for GV.

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    Hahahaha, it's one of 2009's funniest iPhone debacles. I still say it's coming back and I'm patient.

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    Has anyone tried to activate this feature on their BB? When you go to your google voice settings it asks you to call a number such as this *004*123456678#. However, the BB won't allow you to enter the second * or the last #!!!!! Am I missing something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by btompkins0112 View Post
    Has anyone tried to activate this feature on their BB? When you go to your google voice settings it asks you to call a number such as this *004*123456678#. However, the BB won't allow you to enter the second * or the last #!!!!! Am I missing something?
    Haven't been able to try it myself. At work at the moment and wireless devices here are a big no-no. Going to try as soon as I get home.

    Update: Did it on my end. Are you pressing the Alt key or the SHIFT key when entering the characters? You have to press the SHIFT key in order to input the characters.
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    I'm using the Blackberry app now. Switched over from my Youmail and loving this on my BB 8900.

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    And I had no issue entering * or # characters. Best part of Google Voice app is watching it highlight the words of transcrpted VM as it plays message for you. Kinda cool.

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    So what if you've already gotten a new number? Can you switch to use your existing number?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akash1NY View Post
    I'm using the Blackberry app now. Switched over from my Youmail and loving this on my BB 8900.
    I use YouMail. How does this new feature compare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoGro View Post
    I use YouMail. How does this new feature compare?
    I use to use YouMail too. Compared, Google Voice is way better. YouMail now (didn't before) offers many of the same features as Google Voice however Google Voice is completely free and no limits for anything.

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    ^^^ Thanks for the info! Any idea on my question as to what I do about utilizing my current number instead of the one assigned by GV?

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    Looks like I can use both numbers now.....never mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaricanese View Post
    I use to use YouMail too. Compared, Google Voice is way better. YouMail now (didn't before) offers many of the same features as Google Voice however Google Voice is completely free and no limits for anything.
    So does this have some of the same features as Youmail, such as a variety of greetings to pick from or something like the "smart gteeting"? I know the people that call me are always blown away with the smart greeting on Youmail...

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