Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing between Google Voice and Google Voice Lite, part of Google Voice Essential Training (2015).
- There are two different ways to use Google Voice. The first way is to use the full Google Voice, also called the regular version, in which you'll get a brand new phone number to use, which forwards to your existing cell phone number and any other number you want to ring at the same time when someone calls your Google Voice phone number. Your new Google phone number and your existing mobile and landline phone numbers are still completely separate entities. Someone can call your cell phone number and it will ring or they can call your Google Voice number and it will also ring your cell phone as well as any other number you tell it to.
You can tell Google Voice to override your existing cell phone carrier's voicemail or you can keep your Google Voice phone number and voicemail as a completely separate entity from your cell phone carrier. You'll learn how all of these pieces work together during this course. The second way to use Google Voice is to use a product called Google Voice Lite. Google Voice Lite does not give you a new phone number, just the features of its voicemail capabilities.
You do get a number that's an access number to access your voicemail but that's it. Any unanswered calls to your existing cell phone number that would normally go to your carrier's voicemail will now go to your Google Voicemail and give you all those features, such as transcription. Both of these products are free with an existing Google account, however, as of this recording, Google Voice is only available in the United States. For this course, I'll be using the full Google Voice product with a new phone number from Google, however, you can get a Google Voice Lite number.
Instead of choosing I want a new number, which I'll show you how to do in the next video, you can choose to use your existing mobile number, put your number in, click Check for available options, and here's where you'll get a link to get Google Voice Lite. From here, you'll be able to follow the chapters that have to do with accessing and using your voicemail.
Then find out how to configure Voice's rules to ring all your phones, filter calls straight to voicemail, have voicemails delivered via email or text, and more. The course also explores recording inbound calls, using Voice on mobile phones, and making international calls, video calls, computer-to-computer calls, and more.
- Choosing between Google Voice and Google Voice Lite
- Getting a Google Voice number
- Activating and working with voicemail
- Blocking and forwarding calls
- Recording incoming calls
- Making international and domestic calls
- Making calls with Google Hangouts
- Sending text messages
- Using Google Voice on a mobile phone