In our first lesson for this course, we told you a bit about what Google Voice is and what it does. Next, we covered how much it can cost. Now, let's put it all together and see how Google Voice stacks up in terms of advantages and disadvantages.
Google Voice fits a bit of a specific niche, so how much you'll like it will depend on how much you need to use it. If you frequently use your phone(s) to keep in touch with people on a regular basis, then Google Voice can be a big help. It gives you a central phone system and number where you can direct calls and text to any of your phones, as well as store all of your texts and voicemails in one secure spot. And you can manage it all from almost anywhere you can get an Internet connection.
There are certain features Google Voice doesn't have, though, such as phone extensions, Internet fax, and group texting and conferencing tools. Many of its competitors offer these, as well as separate phone/text/data plans so that you don't have to use up your existing personal one when you're running a business. And if you don't need all of the great phone co-ordination functions that Google Voice provides, there are many simpler apps and programs out there – such as Skype, Viber, and ooVoo – that let you exchange calls, text messages, voicemails, and more over the Internet for free (or for prices comparable to those of Google Voice).
There you have it: our review of Google Voice! If you think it's something that you might like to try, then follow along with the rest of our Google Voice course as we show you how to use it to manage your phone operations in the digital cloud! Or, if you think Google Voice isn't quite right for you and would like to try another service like it, be sure to give our list of Google Voice alternatives a read!
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