Google Voice free-for-all (in the US)

A little over a year ago, Google released an early preview of Google Voice, the web-based platform for managing your communications. They introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more?the only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking, they finally opened up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required.

If you want to take advantage of this great, free service there’s a couple of things you’ll want to do…

First, get a Google Number. There?s more features this way and you can always start giving it out as your number or keep it secret for special people to use (your best friend, the cute guy/gal you just met or even when entering that radio station contest)

Second, pick a good number. Google lets you pick a number you like but with all the users out there, the good ones are all taken (sorry Jenny). The next best thing is to pick one that’s easy for you to remember. For example, if your number is 123-555-0123 then try and get something in your area code with XXX-0123 or try getting your exact number in a different area code (321-555-0123).

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