If you do not already know internet giant google is attempting to "re-invent" the phone. This large undertaking is all but complicated, well atleast thats the whole re-invention part is making it less complicated. In this post ill break down interesting features and the benefit of using Google's one number.
First its free calling in the United states and Canada and cheap international, i would not use this unless you wanted to call United states or Canada or lived in those country's. The one number is fun and easy to setup google lets your choose a number with any area code and any words or numbers. So you could technically do 1(832)-The-Game and if it is Available then you can "claim" that number. Now this sounds great but the variations of words and spellings combined with availability makes it so finding the perfect number or the number you want difficult because alot of numbers are in use or cant be used. Now after you made your number your wondering "does this mean people have to call my computer or email?" Yes they "can" but google didnt stop there they made it so you can use it as your one number. So any existing phone like your cellphone can be setup to receive the calls by having them forwarded to any number you would like.
SMS! Now we all have noticed a great deal of texting going on which is why its no surprise google is also. They call it SMS to email. So if someone texts your google one number it can be forwarded to your phone or to your google voice account (which is in your gmail) and you can even reply from your computer. FOR FREE!
Personalized Voice Mail greetings! Now you can have personal Messages depending on who is calling. This is useful if you want to have a formal message for your work and have a funny or informal one for your friends and family. This all can be done from your google one voice menu. This works for individual numbers or you can group people and do it for a group.
Voicemail transcript! Google has this feature where if you get a voice message you can read it as text so you dont have to listen to it. This would be nice in a meeting or in a movie but i will sucker punch who ever i see doing this in a movie theater. You can also check it in your google voice account online.
Blocking Calls! Got an ex that wont stop calling? Just block her number from your google voice account. its that simple and she can no longer bother you.
Now one of the cooler calling features i will post the video because i found it to complicated to really explain into text.
With all these cool features and it all being free it seems that it couldn't hurt but to try it out and use it! All you need is a gmail account and 15 minutes of free time to full utilize this Awesome phone.