Thursday, March 12, 2009

Google brings Voice

Google Voice was announced today. Here's a quick recap of all the free features:

1. Uninumber - instead of juggling a land line, work line and cell users can give out one number and have it ring when any line receives a call.

2. Voicemail Perfected - "Each time you answered a call, while the caller was still hearing “one ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingies,” you heard a recording offering four ways to handle the call: “Press 1 to accept, 2 to send to voice mail, 3 to listen in on voice mail, or 4 to accept and record the call.” If you pressed 3, the call went directly to voice mail, but you could listen in. If you felt that the caller deserved your immediate attention, you could press * to pick up and join the call. Source

3. Caller Segregation - Have callers receive personalized voicemail greetings, only have calls from certain folks come in at certain times (no late night calls from the office)

4. Voicemail Transcription

5. Conference Calling

6. International Rates - Cheaper than Skype but pricier than calling cards to the Dominican Republic

The genius way around this is to add your Grand Central number to your Verizon Top 10 or TMobile Fave 5 and have everyone call that number. You'd never use a minute again!