Don't buy because google will invite you in no more then 2 weeks... And I don't know how the ebay deal is but I was told that only google can send the invites... I can not send invites to anybody
It's just people who got early invites. I have a friend who is already in. All they are doing is selling the invitation code. I wouldn't buy one either but some people might want in bad enough to fork out the $$$
Google Voice can not be compared to Youmail... I've been using GV for almost a year now and it has many great features. It is essentially your telephone number for life. Whenever anyone calls you on your assigned GV number the call is automatically forwarded to as many phones as you want... Home phone, cell phone, work phone etc. No matter how many times your land line or cell line changes, your GV number remains the same... No more sending mass messages when/if your number changes.
Another cool feature is that you can have GV treat certain numbers as spam and the caller on the other end gets a recording that says that your number is no longer in service (great for exs or telemarketers)... No more white list, black list programs. I also saw an ad that was headed is GV the end for telemarketers. Well... It has been for me.
GV has not quite mastered the transcribed voice mail thing yet; but, they do have a radio button that asks if a transcription was useful or not so I hope this is something they're working on. Another good add-on to GV is a new program Google has called GVdialer. GVdialer allows you to make a call through your GV number so that your GV number is what shows on caller ID. Others will see you GV number instead of your real number. You can call out through GV without the program but GVdialer automates everything so there is no additional input or key sequence you must press... Just set if you want to use GVdialer on all calls or any other option.
GV and GVdialer will be extremely beneficial for those that have a my faves or similar plan. Set the GV number as a my fave and enjoy unlimited calls to that number... Add GVdialer to the equation and enjoy unlimited outgoing calls to any number.
Worried about text messages??? No worries. Text messages to your GV number is forwarded to the cell phone number of your choice. The only problem (that I easily got used to) was that GV assigns a number to the text with the 406 area code... The only way you'll know who texted is by importing your address book to GV. From that point on, the text will show the 406 number in the heading but the body of the text will include the person's name. The person on the receiving end will only see your caller I'd name however... No confusing 406 number for them.
Like Leo stated, Google removed the invite existing customers had so be careful before purchasing an invite.
EDIT: I just read the info on the link Leo posted and realized that I duplicated a lot of info that was already stated. I have not used the GV app but based upon the article you should use GVdialer... Everything is automated w/ GVdialer. Miss a call? Clink on # to dial out GVdialer's phone listener catches the dial @ transfers the info through GVdialer & your GV number
Last edited by althethird; 07-16-2009 at 12:09 AM.