A Google Voice Tip

If you have Google Voice like I do, you probably—like I did—took a look at its features and then quailed at the thought of alerting everyone to a new cellphone number. That’s quite a commitment, and, frankly, I don’t think I’m ready for that emotionally.

But I discovered a way to use some of GV’s neatest features without commitment! You can forward voicemail calls to GV, and it will send you an e-mail and or SMS with a transcription of the message. No more listening to the fifteen-minute voicemail intro!

If you have a Verizon phone, you can just dial *71 then your Google Voice number. Hit send, and you’re done. You can adjust settings in GV for how you want to be alerted when you get a call. Worked for me!

HT: Lifehacker

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

1 Comment

  1. Jeremiah on October 10, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I saw that same tip on Lifehacker, unfortunately with Sprint it’s an additional charge for forwarding.

    I’m hoping number portability comes soon:

    Nice new design here, btw — haven’t stopped by in a while (i just re-started using Reader as an SSB in Fluid).

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