Free US phone number, Free calls with Verizon and others

Just in case you haven't heard, Google Voice is now open to the public.  It used to be invite-only, but as of June 22, that has changed.  You can choose your free US phone number, and you are not restricted to the area code where you live.  Free text messaging, free voicemail transcriptions, free forwarding of text messages and voicemail transcriptions to your email, and much more.  Have several of your phones ring at the same time when someone calls your GVoice number, or specify which ones will ring during which certain times of the day.  Switch phones during a conversation.  Conference calls.  Call recording.  Much more can be found here.



If you use Verizon or any other provider that offers the "Friends and Family" unlimited minutes plans, you can use Google Voice to your advantage.  Let's say you can pick up to 10 numbers to put onto the list.  Adding the Google Voice number on this list would allow you to make and recieve free calls if you route them through Google Voice.  If you make outgoing calls through the Google Voice number (basically calling Google Voice) and then also get all incoming calls through the Google Voice number, you won't ever have to use any minutes.

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