I’m not going to beat around the bush with this one. Google Voice is awesome. Even if you don’t have any idea what it is go sign up for it right now before you even finish reading this. OK maybe that is a little bit hasty but it does not take away from what a useful product Google Voice is.
The video below will give you some idea, but the one thing they don’t make a big enough deal of in the vid is the fact that you can pick a number from pretty much anywhere. Need a local number in Maryland but you live in Utah? Google Voice. Just let people call you in Maryland and they will get sent to you in Utah. No worrying about “phone companies” or “money”. I have no idea how they pull it off but they do.
And, on top of that, the forwarding feature really comes in handy. I have to admit that the transcribing is not the best and I’ve never used a lot of the features, but you really can’t beat the central point. Google Voice gives you reach where you didn’t have it before. So if you want to tell someone you live really far away so you can’t hang out with them, you can prove it by giving them your far away phone number. And then never picking up when they call. Or use Google Voice for good. Whichever you prefer. Either way it’s gold!