Are you comfortable giving your cell phone number to businesses and strangers?
Do you want to keep some privacy with your personal cell phone number?
AARP says a FREE burner cell phone number from Google Voice can be valuable when people and businesses want your contact information.
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👍 Google Voice is a telephone service that provides voice and text messaging for Google Account customers in the US, and Canada.
I have personally used Google Voice since 2009, and have been very satisfied with this service! When you use the Chrome web browser and install the Chrome Google Voice Extension, you can initiate and receive phone calls from your Windows and Apple Desktop and Laptop devices!
For enterprises, where Google Voice is now an optional G Suite add-on (with rates ranging from $10 to $30 per user per month), businesses gain a simple system for assigning work numbers to employees and then letting said employees use whatever devices they want, whenever they want. All you have to do is set up the proper forwarding within the service, and someone's personal Android device or any company provided handset can be "that phone" — regardless of what network it's using or what carrier assigned number is actually connected to it.
Even in a small business, independent contractor, or strictly personal arrangement, Google Voice is packed with potential. You could move your number into the service and then have all of your incoming calls ring multiple phones simultaneously — your personal phone, your work phone, your home office VoIP line, your actual office land line, or any combination — every time a call comes in. You just pick up wherever it's most convenient; the devices themselves are just interchangeable vessels.
👍 Unlike other FREE Apps such as Skype and WhatsApp that require both parties to use the same service with Google Voice, you can call any number.
👍 You can initiate a phone call or receive a phone call via your carrier's network or Wi-Fi connection in the US.
👍 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.
👍 To initiate a conference call, Press 5 to bring another phone number into the conversation.
👍 Received calls can be recorded by Pressing 4. All parties will hear the "Call is being Recorded" announcement and the conversation will now be recorded!
👍 You can BLOCK individual phone numbers and they will hear this recording when they attempt to call you back!
👍 The Phone Calls 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 your Smartphone is lost or stolen but you have a Tablet, you can use the Google Voice App on your Tablet to call any U.S phone number using your cellular or Wi-Fi connection! This feature alone is a great backup plan!
👍 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 phone number and you get to determine the hours when you want the phone calls to go to Voice Mail.
✔ 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 and password, use a computer or laptop browser and Login to www.google.com/voice/.
✔ CHOOSE A NEW PHONE NUMBER and activate the new service.
✔ 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).
✔ Download the Google Voice App on your Smartphone and Tablet devices from the Apple App Store or Google App Store.
Phone calls originated from the Google Voice App will show your Google Voice Number Caller ID.
All phone calls to the Google Voice Phone Number will be AUTOMATICALLY FORWARDED to your cell phone number.
The history of all Google Voice Phone Calls appear in the Google Voice App 📞 Calls Section.
If the caller leaves a Voicemail, it will be stored in your IOS or Android Phone App.
The history of all Google Voice Text Messages appear in the Google Voice App Messages Section.
When a New Text Message is received, you will be notified via your Google Email Address.
You can attach pictures when you SEND, and REPLY to Messages. You are also able to RECEIVE Messages that contain pictures.
Messages originated or replied to from the Google Voice App will show your Google Voice Number Caller ID.
✔ Logon to the Google Voice App with your Gmail email address and password
✔ Tap 𝄘 Search Google Voice Menu
✔ Tap Settings and you can configure different options:
✔ LINK your Cell Phone Number to the Google Voice Number
✔ ENABLE Forward messages to email (your Gmail email address)
✔ ENABLE Make and receive calls
✔ Choose how you want to answer and forward calls.
✘ DISABLE Anonymous Caller ID.
✘ DISABLE Call Screening.
✔ ENABLE Get email alerts for missed calls
✔ ENABLE Incoming call options
✔ ENABLE Hangouts calling
DO NOT DISTURB
✘ DISABLE Do Not Disturb
✔ ENABLE Custom Voicemail Greeting
✔ ENABLE Get Voicemail via email
✘ DISABLE Let Google analyze Voicemail transcripts
✘ Skip this section
✔ ENABLE Filter Spam
✔ ENABLE High-contrast conversation view
✔ Choose Default Apps for you Web Browser, Mail, Calendar and Maps
✔ ALLOW Access to Contacts
✔ ALLOW Access to All Photos (Read and Write)
✔ ALLOW Access to Camera
✔ ALLOW Notifications Settings
✔ ENABLE Alerts for Lock Screen, Notification Center and Banners
✔ ENABLE Sounds
✔ ENABLE Badges
✔ ENABLE Show Previews - Always
✔ ENABLE Notification Grouping - Automatic
👍 If you like this free service, please share this information with your business associates, co-workers, friends, and relatives!
Would love to hear your comments, opinions and thoughts on this topic!