How Google Voice Helps Students Stay Connected
Article by George Norman
On 29 Sep 2010
If you are a student and you need to stay connected on campus, there is one great service that you could use – Google Voice. The team behind Google voice has recently unveiled the top 3 reasons why using Google Voice on campus is a good choice. Here are the Google Voice tips the team behind the service wanted students to know about.

Save Money
There are several ways in which Google Voice helps you save money. You can send free text messages from your phone of from the web – an unlimited amount of text messages. You can make free long distance calls in the US and to Canada from within Gmail, since Google Voice has been integrated in Gmail. If you need to call someone abroad, you can do so for as little as 2 cents per minute.

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Convenience
You can set it up so that when someone calls your Google Voice number, all your phones ring – this includes your cell phone, your dorm phone, and even Gmail. Missed calls will be a thing of the past.

If you can’t pick up because you are in class, let the call go to voicemail. Google Voice will send voicemail transcriptions to your inbox via email and to your phone via SMS text. You can set up Google Voice so that calls are immediately sent to voicemail, which is useful when you want to get some shuteye for example (use the Do Not Disturb option to do so).

No Phone, No Problem

Remember I mentioned above that Google Voice is integrated in Gmail? This means that you can make calls even if you do not have a phone. You can call mobile and landline phones from within Gmail. As the Google Voice team exaplained, this is great for “calling from dorm rooms with non-existent cell phone reception", “locating a mobile phone that is buried in the couch",or “ordering a pizza when your phone battery is dead.”

Earlier this month the Google Voice team shared its tips on how to make the most of calling in Gmail.

If you would like to get your Google Voice number (available in the US only), click here. To get Google Voice on your mobile phone, click here.
If you are new to Google Voice, check out the introductory videos on YouTube here.



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