For the past 3 months I’ve been using Google Voice, and I must say, I like it. But I’m not exactly using it as intended.
I’ve had the same home phone number for 10 years. A lot of people have that number. Not a lot of people call it (what that says about my popularity I don’t really want to know), and we don’t make that many outgoing calls a month, but the thought of changing it everywhere is daunting. More so for anyone with a number for even longer. I’ve started doing so, but only opportunistically.
What to do? I don’t want to give up my home number, and I can’t yet transfer my number to Google Voice. And in theory, I get a discount on my phone/cable/internet by having all three, they’d charge even more for having just two.
My trick? Time Warner offers unlimited free call forwarding. So, my home number forwards to GV. GV then forwards to my cell phone, email, Celeste’s cell phone, etc. I dropped the voicemail from TW, as now GV takes care of that. And I can drop the long distance with TW and use GV for that too. Everything works great.
At some point, when I can transfer my home number to GV and have two numbers for the account (old home number and new GV number I’ve been giving out), and if TW’s rates change again so it’s cheaper to drop their phone service, I will. Or they will get enough competition to realize that for a couple dozen calls a month, charging $$ for phone service won’t work and they just throw it in for free. Here’s to hoping.