Google voice is a telecommunications service by Google. The service is configured and maintained by the user in a web-based application, styled after Google’s e-mail service, Gmail, or through the service’s Android and iOS apps. Google Voice currently provides free PC-to-phone calling within North America, and PC-to-PC voice and video calling worldwide between users of the Google+ Hangouts browser plugin
Many other Google Voice services—such as voicemail, free text messaging, call history, conference calling, call screening, blocking of unwanted calls, and voice transcription to text of voicemail messages—are also available to users resident in the US. Google Voice users in many countries may make low-cost calls to international phone numbers.
Google Voice has got much attention these days. Google Voice gives you a phone number to use that, when called, will ring any of your phones — work, home, mobile, you name it. The service also offers visual voicemail and automatic transcription, and lets you send free texts from your smartphone or Web browser. Last but not least, you can make international calls at much lesser cost.
Google Voice works well as a forwarding service for landline and dumb phones as well as with a smartphones.
How to setup a Google Voice account and make free Wi-Fi calls via smartphone
1. Go to google.com/voice from a computer and sign in with your Google Account. You’ll see an interface that’s similar to Gmail’s, as well as a software wizard.
2. Set up a Google Voice number:-One will get two options “I want a new number” and “I want to use my mobile number,” select the existing number only if one is absolutely sure to use Google Voice on primary phone number otherwise go for new number to avail the full set of google voice features like call blocking, online voicemail etc. The most valuable feature of Google Voice is its ability to separate your phone number from your phone service. This is a big step beyond number portability
With Google Voice, you can choose your own, unique Google Voice telephone number that’s linked to your Google account. Calls that come into that number can be routed to any number of phones, regardless of their service providers
3. Enter a forwarding number. Before choosing a google voice number, one needs to add a forwarding phone that will ring when someone calls your new Google Voice number. One can add more forwarding phones later.
Once Google has confirmed you have access to the forwarding phone, you can pick a new Google Voice number. Input an area code or a word, phrase or number you want to try to incorporate into your new phone number, and Google will try to find an available number that uses it.
Once you have a Google Voice number, one can send and receive texts for free, use Google’s voicemail transcription, and make cheap international calls. The next step is to download the app on your smartphone.
Download the App
1. Search the Play Store or iTunes for Google Voice. Click Install and Open.Google provide apps for both Android and Blackberry phones. These allow you to use Google Voice for visual voice mail, and they also allow you to use Google Voice as your outgoing phone number on your mobile phone. That means everyone sees your Google Voice number in their caller ID instead of your cell phone’s number.
2. Sign in with your Google Account. On Android, Google Voice will walk you through a setup process that verifies your phone number, sets up a voicemail PIN and lets you choose which calls, if any, to use your Google Voice number with. On iOS, you’ll follow the steps to add your cell phone’s number to your Google Voice account. On both operating systems, you’ll then see your Google Voice inbox where you’ll see voicemails, texts and missed call notifications.
3. Open the Settings menu to enable push notifications for new voicemail and texts.
4. Start making calls. In iOS, you can make calls via Google Voice, which places calls through an intermediary number but shows your Google Voice number in Caller ID. Or you can use Click2Call where Google Voice will call your phone number, then when you pick up it’ll call the number you’re trying to dial.
In Android, if you choose “Use Google Voice to make all calls,” all calls you make from your Android phone will use your Google Voice number rather than the number your carrier provides. Select “Ask every time I make a call,” and you’ll be prompted to choose on a per-call basis.
Calling from within the Google Voice app on iOS or Android will use your cell minutes, and it doesn’t count as mobile-to-mobile, so you’re “unlimited mobile to mobile” minutes, if you have them, won’t apply, even if you’re calling another mobile phone.
5. Sending and receiving text messages. One can send texts to multiple people, but Google Voice doesn’t do well with group texts. Google Voice still does not support MMS. If you get a text message that says “MMS Received,” you’ll need to check Gmail inbox to read it
Customize Google Voice
1. Visit www.google.com/voice in your Web browser.
2. Click on the gear icon in the upper right and select Settings.
3. Click the Phones tab. Here you’ll see a list of all the phone numbers you’ve set up to work with Google Voice. You can add or edit your forwarding phones.
4. Select “Forward calls to Google Chat” to make and receive calls using your Google Voice number from within Hangouts in your Gmail window.
5. Click “Activate Google Voicemail on this phone” to use Google’s voicemail system instead of your carrier’s. Even calls to your mobile number, not your Google Voice number, will be transcribed and appear in your email and Google Voice app.
6. Don’t select “Receive Text Messages on this phone” or “Notify me of new voicemails via text” for forwarding phones that you plan on using with the Google Voice app; otherwise you’ll get every text twice —- once in your normal SMS app and once in Google Voice. Select those options for phones that can receive texts, but don’t have a Google Voice app.
7. Tap the Voicemail and Text tab. Here one can record your voicemail greeting and customize notifications and text forwarding.
8. Check Voicemail Transcripts to have Google attempt to automatically transcribe your voicemail.
9. Tap the Calls tab. Here you can screen calls, activate caller ID and filter spam.
10. Click On next to Call Screening to filter unknown numbers.
11. Select whether incoming calls display the caller’s number, or your Google Voice number in Caller ID. We recommend the former; it’s more useful to know who is calling than it is to know which number they’re calling.
12. Enable Global Spam Filtering so calls from numbers Google knows are spam never even make it to you.
13. Click the Groups and Circles tab to customize ringtones, call screening, and even forwarding phones based on which contacts, groups or Google Plus circles are calling you.
14. Click the Billing tab to see your billing history or add calling credits for international calls one can also look up at the calling rate before making such calls