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Vanity: Google Voice- anyone here use it?
Google ^ | FEB. 11, 2014 | Google

Posted on 02/11/2014 6:46:55 AM PST by Jed Eckert

Features

Explore some of the most popular features of Google Voice by watching these videos:


Overview
Voicemail transcription
One number
Personalized greetings
International calling
SMS to email
Share voicemails
Block callers
Screen callers
Mobile app
Conference calls
Number Porting

(Excerpt) Read more at google.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: computers; privacy; scams
I don't really like Google. I don't even use the Google search engine. However, I need an easy way to block specific numbers from calling my cell phone. Lately I've been getting weird unfamiliar numbers calling my cell, usually right around 9:00PM. No messages left on voice mail.

My number has been on the do not call list since day one. My wife and I don't owe any unpaid debts. Complaint filed for whatever good it does.

My cell is a T-Mobile Prism phone NOT tied into any sort contract so I have no call block options built into the phone. That means I'll have load a third party app (for Android) or use Google Voice.

Your suggestions and opinions are appreciated.

1 posted on 02/11/2014 6:46:55 AM PST by Jed Eckert
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To: Jed Eckert
I try not to use Google anything.

Do More Evil®

2 posted on 02/11/2014 6:50:17 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: Jed Eckert

Robo callers do not rely on actual numbers, only groups of potential numbers. So, if T Mobile uses an area code and prefix in a geographical area that has attractive demographics, all of the numbers in that block will be targets of spam, scam, and robo callers.


3 posted on 02/11/2014 6:50:19 AM PST by anton
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To: Jed Eckert

There’s a pretty good app named ‘Call Control’. It automatically blocks a grunch of known spam callers, and you can report an annoying number. The amount of spam calls that make it through on my phone has gone down a huge amount.


4 posted on 02/11/2014 6:50:32 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Jed Eckert

Used Google voice to send me txt and email notifications of voice mail because at the time my Sprint phone was unreliable to receive calls or notify of voicemail.

The notifications worked fine but the transcriptions were usually wrong because few people speak as the system needs for correct transcription.


5 posted on 02/11/2014 6:52:21 AM PST by Hang'emAll (If guns kill people, do pencils misspell words?)
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To: Jed Eckert

I have a Google #.

I always give it to those whom I dont want to give my ‘main’ number. Businesses that I suspect will sell my number.

When a call comes in, it gets forwarded to whatever number I want it forwarded to. If I dont answer, it goes to voicemail and then I get a text (voice recognition) with the message.

It is a great screening tool.

So if I get repeated calls from a certain number, I can block it.


6 posted on 02/11/2014 6:53:28 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer
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To: Former MSM Viewer
And if someone is calling from an unlisted number, you can have Google Voice block the call, or request the caller give their name first. Very quick method of getting off of call lists, as they will treat it as a disconnected number.
7 posted on 02/11/2014 6:56:10 AM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Jed Eckert

Google is the collector of information for the evil empire. (kidding, sort of) Don’t use it, don’t want to...ever.


8 posted on 02/11/2014 7:00:08 AM PST by madison10
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To: Jed Eckert
   I use something called an Obihai. It plugs into my internet connected network on one end and the other end plugs into a standard wireless phone base. My Google voice number rings my standard phone now. It's like a free phone line.
9 posted on 02/11/2014 7:00:31 AM PST by Maurice Tift (Never wear anything that panics the cat. -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Jed Eckert

There was a recent posting about telephone scams. It seems the scammer would call a number, let it ring once, and hang up. The intent was to have the recipient call back. When that happened, the recipient was changed $39.99 and/or so many $$$dollars per minute.

Point: If you do not recognizer the caller number, ignore it. Do not return the call.

You can also check online lists. Just google the unknown number. Many such numbers have been noted by other recipients and many are labeled as fake or scams.

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10 posted on 02/11/2014 7:01:20 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Jed Eckert

Getting Google voice will not help you block phone calls made directly to your cell phone number. Only calls made to your Google voice number will be blockable. At least that is my understanding.


11 posted on 02/11/2014 7:02:24 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Jed Eckert

nomorobo.com


12 posted on 02/11/2014 7:02:47 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Jed Eckert
almost forgot to mention - you can put this sound at the start of your recorded message to deter telemarketers: out of service tones
13 posted on 02/11/2014 7:05:59 AM PST by Maurice Tift (Never wear anything that panics the cat. -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Jed Eckert

I’m not familiar with your phone. I prefer visual voice mail to Google voice, the transcription isn’t great and I can’t see the screen unless I have my reading glasses.

I set ringtones for the people I know, the general ring tone is a recording of silence. If I feel the phone buzz, and I have my glasses I can check the number to see if I want to answer, if I don’t feel like checking, the silent ringtone doesn’t interrupt what I’m doing.

With visual voicemail, I get a list of missed calls with the option to listen to or delete individual messages.


14 posted on 02/11/2014 7:06:08 AM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: Jed Eckert

you’ve had a voice profile for over 10 years if you’ve used a phone.

google voice would just be a commercial version of it


15 posted on 02/11/2014 7:09:05 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Jed Eckert

I have been using a Google Voice number for several years. My business number is a Google Voice number. Blocking numbers, forwarding calls, personalized voice mail, etc. etc. are all handy features. When I retire in 3 months, I will forward it to some pay phone in the Arizona desert and retire in peace.

A great app for Android is the free app called “Mr Number”. It has a very easy way to block individual numbers or entire area codes. In about 5 minutes, I blocked all the area codes from the Carribean, stopping all those scammers. This morning my phone rang a partial ring and hung up. The alert from Mr Number indicated that it was a reported telemarketer. All the well known telemarketer numbers are blocked. Love the app.


16 posted on 02/11/2014 7:11:33 AM PST by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: Jed Eckert

I have and use Google Voice. It’s a good service. What questions do you have?


17 posted on 02/11/2014 7:18:52 AM PST by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: Jed Eckert
I've used Google voice since the beta days and am very satisfied with it.

I often use it for outgoing calls as it still offers free calling to U.S. and Canada numbers.

Receiving voice mail as an attachment is convenient and the transcriptions are often a hoot.

Oh, I like that it's free.

18 posted on 02/11/2014 7:19:20 AM PST by billorites (nichtarbeit macht frei)
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To: Jed Eckert

I have a Windows phone. I followed the online suggestion to download the “silent” ringtone, assign it to a new name (e.g., DNC), and each time I get a spam call, save that number to the DNC name. I no longer hear or have to mess with any spam calls form those numbers that come in.


19 posted on 02/11/2014 7:22:52 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Maurice Tift

Bookmarked.


20 posted on 02/11/2014 7:25:16 AM PST by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: Solson
I have and use Google Voice. It’s a good service. What questions do you have?

I'm primarily interested in using it as a call block. Will it block calls dialed directly to my cell number or only calls to the Google number?

Have scammers and telemarketers found a workaround for the block ( other than changing their number)?

Any limit to how many numbers you can put in your blocked list?

Thanks.

21 posted on 02/11/2014 7:32:28 AM PST by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: tgusa

Thanks, I’ll check it out.


22 posted on 02/11/2014 7:34:33 AM PST by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: Maurice Tift
almost forgot to mention - you can put this sound at the start of your recorded message to deter telemarketers: out of service tones

Thanks. I did that on my land line answering machine years ago. Works pretty good for about 90% of the scammers and telemarketers. Even fools annoying humans sometimes. :)

23 posted on 02/11/2014 7:43:46 AM PST by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: Jed Eckert

I use GV.

I like being able to create a separate answering message for every contact.

I like having text and voice mails permanently loaded.

I like the block feature. I can block any incoming call at any time.


24 posted on 02/11/2014 7:52:48 AM PST by woodmiser
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To: Jed Eckert
Yes and I get FREE PHONE service, local, long distance, voice mail and recordings to VM are transcribed and via email to me. A real bargain. What was your phone bill last month? What about last year? Well mine has been ZERO for nearly 2 and a quarter years.

And for all those who would decry google spying, who doesn't? If you are online here at FR (or anywhere else on the 'net) someone is able to see you and track you. That is just the facts. So since they are going to do it, at least I get FREE phone service!

Google is like Walmart. They are there, will be there, and so on with it.... really nothing to see here.
25 posted on 02/11/2014 7:57:21 AM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: Maurice Tift
Agreed. I have had an Obi for just over 2 years and it has provided me free phone service. Obi's are a true bargain and their support is hard to get to if you need them, but once they get on it any questions are answered.

But I love free phone service (w/Voice mail, message transcription, etc, etc.) Anyone who does not have it is missing the savings. With Netflix for TV and movies my expenses are only the NetFlix bill, and my Internet connection.

Sooner or later someone is going to offer free internet service, and I can't wait.
26 posted on 02/11/2014 8:09:52 AM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: Jed Eckert

What is the area code? Several articles have been posted here lately about a telephone scam. The goal is to get you to call them back and somehow that triggers a big ticket item on your next bill.


27 posted on 02/11/2014 8:10:58 AM PST by DManA
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To: 109ACS

Ha! Good luck finding a pay phone.


28 posted on 02/11/2014 8:12:20 AM PST by DManA
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To: TomGuy
the recipient was changed $39.99 and/or so many $$$dollars per minute.

Uh, why would anyone call back to a number they did not know? Especially with the ability to set up GV to force the caller to give their name?

29 posted on 02/11/2014 8:13:03 AM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: mac_truck
I believe you can block any number to voice or cell. But even if not, why with voice mail, answering machines, etc would it matter?

Let me assure you that Publishers Clearing House is not going to call you... or the odds are fantastically small. So I would not worry about it.
30 posted on 02/11/2014 8:18:07 AM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: Jed Eckert
It only works against your google number. So you will have to stand up a google number and then transfer, over time, your cell to being your google voice number.

You can block any and all calls and there is no limit.

I've used it for years and have begun to transition all my numbers to the google voice number. Yes, I know they're big brother but so is everyone else.

I hope this helps.

31 posted on 02/11/2014 8:28:26 AM PST by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: DManA
What is the area code? Several articles have been posted here lately about a telephone scam. The goal is to get you to call them back and somehow that triggers a big ticket item on your next bill.

Mostly from 888 area code. I never return calls or answer calls from unfamiliar numbers. They have to leave a pretty detailed message stating their name and specify what business they have with me before I even consider calling anyone back.

So far doctors, lawyers and other professionals that I have business with are pretty good about this. Family members who have the misfortune of having to call from a friend's cell already know the drill if they want a call back. :)

I love caller ID.

32 posted on 02/11/2014 8:32:44 AM PST by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: Jed Eckert
Any limit to how many numbers you can put in your blocked list?

It is free so why don't you get it and just log on and ask your own specific questions.. all done over the Internet so it is anonymous.

i have had it for nearly 10 years and no problems.
33 posted on 02/11/2014 8:33:46 AM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: Solson

It only works against your google number. So you will have to stand up a google number and then transfer, over time, your cell to being your google voice number.

You can block any and all calls and there is no limit.

I've used it for years and have begun to transition all my numbers to the google voice number. Yes, I know they're big brother but so is everyone else.

I hope this helps.

Thanks. Yes it does. I'm thinking a possible workaround is to forward calls from my cell to the Google number and block numbers accordingly.

34 posted on 02/11/2014 8:40:10 AM PST by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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