OK, this is really cool. Here’s a voice mail I received on my Google Voice line. One of the choices is to embed the voice mail. I clicked on embed, copied the code that appeared, and pasted it in a blog entry. Here it is:
My only concern is that there’s no personal info embedded in the embed code. There’s nothing obvious to me. If anyone sees anything, let me know…
I just received my invite to activate my Google Voice account. Here’s what the email said:
If you haven’t already heard about it, Google Voice is a service that makes using your current phones much better!
Here’s what it offers:
- A personal phone number that rings all of your existing phones when people call
- All of your voicemail in one inbox with unlimited online storage and free voicemail transcripts sent to your phone and email
- Low-priced international calling to over 200 countries and free SMS
- Other powerful features like the first phone spam filter to protect you from unwanted callers, the ability to ListenIn™ on your voicemail messages while they are being left, conference calling and more
Please note that Google Voice is only available for sign up in the US.
The activation process was well designed. I started by logging in to my Google account. Next I chose a phone number, a 10-digit traditional phone number that folks can dial, a sort of master number under which I can place all my other phone numbers. There’s a nice little tool that let’s you choose a phone number based on area code or ZIP code. You can extend that by also providing a word or phrase, like iPhone or genome. If Google can make it work, they will. I was able to get a local number that had the word Mac in it. Nice!
Once your number is selected, Google asks you for a phone number to connect to your new Google Voice number. In other words, what phone do you want to ring when someone calls your Google Voice number? I chose my office number.
Once that’s done, Google gives you a short activation code. When you are ready, they call your new Google Voice number and you answer the phone, politely, and type in your activation code to the nice robot who called you.
That’s it for now, will let you know as I discover new features. Want to test this out? If you know me, give me a call and I’ll give you my new Google Voice number…