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Top message:  Voice mail notifications by andy2373   May 6, 2013, 1:05 PM

Replying to:  Re: The awesomeness of Google Voice!!! by gloopey1   May 15, 2013, 10:16 PM

Re: Google Voice on dumbphones is STILL better!

by CellStudent    May 16, 2013, 10:08 AM

gloopey1 said:
While Google Voice itself is free, the costly data plans needed to support it are not.

There are still plenty of folks like me who are uninterested in phone Internet plans. Google voice wouldn't benefit me one bit.

Even without a smartphone, Google Voice kicks the crap out of carrier voicemail.

1> If you choose to have carrier SMS and do not have a smartphone/data package, you set up your phone to forward un-answered calls (no answer transfer, there's a simple *72 code to set that up) to the Google Voice mailbox instead of the Carrier mailbox. The message gets recorded in the Google Voice system, and then the transcript is still generated. Google Voice sends the transcript to the dumbphone by traditional SMS short-code. So, you still get the half-decent speech to text notification, no handset app necessary.

Can't get that with a Carrier System.

2> This enables voicemail retrieval via any internet connected PC and enables the lifetime archive & searchability functions described previously. You can't check year-old messages from the handset in a practical manner (without the smartphone app) but if the need ever arises you can go to the PC interface and search the whole history.

Can't get that with a Carrier System.

3> If you do want to listen to the message, you call your personal Google Voice number to access the system. Put your Google Voice number on your Friends and Family list and presto there's no airtime deduction for calling your voicemail box!

Can't get that benefit with the VZW *86-powered voicemail box. They always bill airtime for mail retrievals (and have ridiculously long and arduous menus to eat up minutes).

4> I don't personally use this feature, but it's pretty cool: You can set up different "leave me a message" recordings for different callers. I can have a default recording that plays for everyone, but a separate Outgoing Message that plays whenever the caller ID registers as someone from my "Co-workers" group in the contact list. Another one for when it's a family member, and a special message that only plays when my wife calls. I think it's kind of a lame product, so I haven't set it up (mostly because I get about 3 legitimate voicemails a month, personally) but...

Can't do that with a Carrier System!

So, in summary, there are a few use cases in which Google Voice is equivalent to Carrier voicemail (without the app) but I cannont think of even ONE carrier supplied feature that is superior to a comparable Google Voice feature. There is nothing "lost" by a consumer using the Google Voice system. Absolutely everything is equal-to-or-better-than the 15 year old architecture that all the carriers are using today, unless you feel like paying extra every month for Premium Voicemail Service- which is still not quite as good as Google Voice- and they still make you pay extra for it!

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