One of the best free services Iâ€™ve seen made available to BlackBerry users has got to be Google Voice. I personally use it religiously and it has become key in managing the onslaught of personal and business calls I receive daily. Some of you may not be familiar with Google Voice because it was only available by approved private invite. Today Google announced that it has opened the service to the general public with no invite required.Â Unfortunately the service is currently only available in the United States.
What is Google Voice? Google Voice offers users the ability to have a free second phone number that can be used with your BlackBerry Smartphone. The service allows you to give out only your Google Voice number as a primary contact number. Here is a quick list of features and a video overview
- One number: A single phone number that rings all your phones
- Free SMS: Send, receive & store text messages online
- Block calls: Send unwanted callers straight to voicemail
- Record calls: Record phone calls and store them online
- Conference calls: Join several people into a single call
- Screen callers: Hear who is calling before you pick up
- Discounted International calling rates: Some of the best international calling rates. Canada is a free call.
Here are a few things to consider.. You can use Google Voice from any phone, but currently only BlackBerry and Google Android have a dedicated app.Â Also Google Voiceâ€™s text messaging feature does not support MMS( Picture Text Messages).Â If youâ€™re wondering if the service burns minutes when you use it on your cell phone, the answer is yes.Â The Google Voice BlackBerry app does integrate into your BlackBerry Address Book to make calling contacts quite easy, but the app itself does need a bit more work.