If you haven’t taken the opportunity to sign up for Google Voice yet, I would recommend doing so. It currently is available by invite only, but you can request an invite by clicking here. I received my invite less than two weeks after applying.
Some of the features that you all might enjoy include (bullets copied from the Google Voice website):
- Call screening – Announce and screen callers
- Listen in – Listen before taking a call
- Block calls – Keep unwanted callers at bay
- SMS – Send, receive, and store SMS
- Place calls – Call US numbers for free
- Taking calls – Answer on any of your phones
- Phone routing – Phones ring based on who calls
- Forwarding phones – Add phones and decide which ring
- Voicemail transcripts – Read what your voicemail says
- Listen to voicemail – Check online or from your phone
- Notifications – Receive voicemails via email or SMS
- Personalize greeting – Vary greetings by caller
- Share voicemail – Forward or download voicemails
- Conference calling – Join people into a single call
- Call record – Record calls and store them online
- Call switch – Switch phones during a call
- Mobile site – View your inbox from your mobile
- GOOG-411 – Check directory assistance
- Manage groups – Set preferences by group
You can pick any area code you want to have your phone number be, so if you don’t plan on sticking in Indianapolis then you can set it for another city. For a small fee ($10) you can change your area code at anytime.
The best part is that this service is completely free, with the exception of changing your phone number or making calls outside of the United States.
So, what are you waiting for? Go sign up for an invite!