Google Voice is a handy and free telecommunications service. It allows you to use the service either with with your existing phone number or a Google phone number, chosen by you, from a list of available numbers in selected area codes. Currently, Google Voice is available in the United States. The service, free of charge and offers many convenient features.
You have two options with Google Voice:
Use with your existing number:
Google voicemail: voicemail like email
Voicemail transcription: read what your voicemail says
Custom greetings: vary voicemail greetings by caller
International calling: low cost calls to the world
Notifications: read voicemail messages via email or SMS
Share voicemails: forward, embed, or download voicemails
Use a Google Number to get these additional features: We recommend this option.
One number: a single phone number that rings all your phones
Free SMS: send, receive & store text messages online
Block calls: send unwanted callers straight to voicemail
Record calls: record phone calls and store them online
Conference calls: join several people in a single call
Screen callers: hear who is calling before you pick up