What Is Google Voice?
What is Google Voice? Google Voice is a service provided by Google which allows you to make free calls using your computer (this is true as of 2011). There are a variety of features you can use with Google Voice and you can use as many or as few Google voice features as you prefer. You can make calls from PC to PC, from PC to cell phones, or obtain a Google voice number and have all of your phones ring when your Google number is dialed.
Google Voice allows you to make PC to PC calls and/or video chat as long as you are using a Windows platform, Intel-based Mac OS X, or Linux. If you make a call and the person you are calling does not answer, you can leave them a message using Google Voice. You can also download voice messages left for you. You can also call more than one person at a time and have a conference call and even record your calls. If you want to link your cell phone, computer, and land line to one number, this is also possible with Google Voice. If you just want Google Voice to be associated with your cell, that is also an option.
Even if you are using the PC to PC call feature, you can still browse the Internet or check your email. Other features of Google Voice can cost money, like international calling (but the rates start low). You can also change your Google Voice number for a fee or port your cell phone for a small fee.