Google Voice allows a second mobile phone number to be defined to your Smartphone for FREE!
WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER IT?
Most people do not have a home phone land line and rely only on their Cell Phone but, everyone wants to know what your phone number is. Do you really want to give your cell phone number to businesses so that you can start receiving telemarketing calls?
Google has a FREE service that allows you to have a second mobile number active on your Smartphone. It is called GOOGLE VOICE and these are the benefits and features:
You can initiate a phone call or receive a phone call via your carrier's network or Wi-Fi connection in the US.
Unlike other apps such as Skype and WhatsApp that require both parties to use the same service with Google Voice, you can call any number in the United States for FREE!
You can send and receive SMS messages via your carrier's network or Wi-Fi connection.
You can send and receive MMS messages via your carrier's network or Wi-Fi connection.
You can have group phone conversations.
You can record phone call conversations.
You can block phone numbers.
Both the Phone Calls, SMS and MMS Messages can be forwarded to your cell phone so that you can receive all notifications on one device.
If you are ever in a situation where you cannot locate your Smartphone and you have a tablet, you can use the FREE Google Voice APP to call any U.S phone number using your carrier's network or Wi-Fi connection!
If you are ever out of the country and as long as you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can call the U.S for FREE by dialing the appropriate international dialing code.
YOU KEEP YOUR PRIVACY by not giving out your real cell phone number to strangers and businesses!
You can also use this second cell phone number for a business and determine the hours when you want the calls to go to Voice Mail.
HOW TO SIGN UP?
All you need is a FREE Gmail Email address. If you do not have a Gmail address, you can sign up for one at www.gmail.com
Once you have a Gmail Email address, go to www.google.com/voice/ on a computer or laptop and activate a new service. Here in the Dallas - Forth Worth metroplex, all 214 area code numbers have already been taken but, there are still 972, 469, and 817 area code phone numbers available.
You will have the option to select a phone number that has certain values (i.e. you may want your phone number to end with a certain sequence like 1303 or 4237 etc so it is easy to remember).
Once you have confirmed your number and it is associated with your Gmail email account, forward your Google Number to your Cell Phone number.
You will have to download an App from either the Apple or Android App Store. On the IOS App Store, download the FREE Google Voice APP.
One you have downloaded the APP, login using the Gmail email account and password and configure the settings.
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