Google Talks It Up

Back in May, I posted a column on Google Voice.  I admit that I probably “over-like” Google, but the stuff they come up with is pretty damn cool.  We all love the search engine, Gmail changed the way we use e-mail, and Google Voice gave us a variety of cool features like voice mail transcription and a free phone number that rings all our numbers.  Finally, Google Talk, the chat feature within Gmail, now offers VoIP calling for free within the US.

Since I already have a Google Voice number, that’s the number that shows up on caller id when I place a call from within Gmail.  I’m not sure what it will display for those without a Google Voice account.  I can also select a setting in Google Voice that will allow me to take incoming calls from within Gmail.  A couple of really nice features.


Nothing is perfect, I admit.  I have experienced some serious “echo” issues with my incoming Google Voice number over the past couple of months and have since learned it’s a common issue.  When I tried the new VoIP, my first call dropped prematurely.  So did my second call.  But it will improve… I’m sure of it.  While I’m not yet ready to run my business using these Google calling features exclusively, it’s safe to assume that at some point in the near future, the reliability will be there and it will be an option.

5 Comments Google Talks It Up

  1. RH

    How did gmail change how we use email ? Not asking smart assedly I just always had email account with my domains so did not use gmail til recently for extra account.
    Thank you

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    1. Sully

      @RH, I’ve been using gmail for years. I think that the fact that you have over 7 gigs of storage, can archive practically every email you send or receive, 20 Meg attachments, built in text and video chat, calendar integration and many other features have changed the way I use email. I can store files, use multiple email address from one account and access it from just about anywhere. I sound like I work for them.

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  2. tricolorro

    “Since I already have a Google Voice number, that’s the number that shows up on caller id when I place a call from within Gmail. I’m not sure what it will display for those without a Google Voice account.”

    Sully,

    For anyone that doesn’t have a Google Voice # the caller ID displayed is 760-705-8888, which Google uses for all outbound calls.

    More importantly without a Google Voice # you cannot receive inbound calls.

    Since Google Voice is free (for now anyway) why not sign up?

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