My favorite Google Voice feature is the ability to have all voicemails transcribed and emailed to me. I can then read the text–transcribed with about 80% accuracy–or listen to the actual audio. It saves a lot of time and comes in handy when I’m on the road.
That cool feature is now available on my cell phone, thanks to a new Google Voice feature.
In fact, if you don’t have a Google Voice number yet, you can go ahead and use your existing mobile phone number–which gives you the benefits of keeping your existing number and the use of Google Voice’s features. Except, you don’t get all of the great features, as the chart below explains:
Perhaps the better option–at least for me–is to keep my existing Google Voice number and simply assign Google Voice to grab all of my mobile phone’s voicemails. That way, I get to keep ALL of the cool features in Google Voice, while enjoying the advanced voicemail features for my cell.
If that sounds like a winner to you too, simply head to your Google Voice "Settings" and look for the option below your "Phones" tab.
You don’t appear to have much to lose by trying it, as it appears the choice is reversible! Sweet!