What is Google Voice

In a nutshell, Google Voice is a telecommunications service that helps you manage and customize your phone, voicemail and SMS usage. By signing up with Google Voice, you can have one phone number that can access all of your numbers (home, mobile and work). While your number may change if you switch carriers, your Google Voice number stays the same for life, unless you choose to change it.

Google Voice sign-up is free and open to all people residing in North America. Google Voice currently provides free PC-to-PC voice and video calling worldwide. Additionally, free PC-to-phone calls are available in North America until the end of 2013. In terms of paid service, Google Voice users in the US may make low-cost calls to international phone numbers. When people dial your Google Voice number, you can have it dialed your cell, home or work phone depending on who the callers are. You can set up custom voicemail greeting for individual contact or group.

Other Google Voice features include:

Besides the listed features, you can use third party apps from Android and iPhone to make free call using WiFi or your mobile data plan. You can also use devices like the OBi100 or OBi202 to replace your landline.

So, if you are interested in trying out Google Voice and already have a Google account (or if you are already using Gmail), then you can sign up at http://www.google.com/voice.

If you don’t have a Google account, you can follow the how-to guide here on how to get a Google Voice number.

You will find all the information here on how to set up and use Google Voice. If you have any questions or problems registering or problems using Google Voice, you can post your issues here.

  • techbytes

    Are you making calls on your mobile phone or on your PC?

    • maria

      i am using my PC

      • techbytes

        You should try to clear your browser (internet explorer or Firefox) cache and try again. If that doesn’t help, try using a different browser.

  • Deb Kougias

    I want to choose another number for calls coming into my cell phone. I started registration but did not continue so after logging in, I am not given any options to proceed

    • techbytes

      If you log back in to your Google Voice account, there is a link on the left hand side to get a number. See screenshot from the link below.


  • Jai Rog

    Any idea on what the rate would be for North America after the end of 2013?

    • techbytes

      Most likely, Google will keep it free for 2014. I just don’t see them ever charging for this service.

  • techbytes

    You can go into your Google Voice account, edit the existing number and put in your new number.

  • techbytes

    If you don’t see any numbers listed, then it is not available. You just need to check back and see if the numbers are available.