Posts Tagged ‘Google Voice’

Send a Call from Santa with Google Voice

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The modern technological age we live in has yet again enabled us to convince our children they should behave around Christmas time. Google Voice now lets you call Santa and leave a message. You can also have Santa call your little boy or girl, or even a grown-up if you wish.

Go to to get started. You answer some basic questions, and off it goes. You can choose to send a phone call or an email from Santa. It is pretty straightforward, and effective. My boys were very happy to get a call from Santa. After the video email message (see post here) and now a phone call, they are thoroughly convinced that Santa has kept up with modern technology.

Your kids can also leave their own message on Santa’s voicemail via Google Voice. Call toll-free at (855) 34-SANTA. Your child will get to hear Santa’s greeting and then can leave a message.

Santa’s messages have been very helpful this year. Hopefully your kids will enjoy hearing from Santa as much as mine did.

Google Releases Voice Widget for Android

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The Google Voice widget that has been floating around is now official. Google announced two new widgets today. One is a control panel for Voice, and the other shows you a preview of recent messages.

I was already using a shortcut for Google Voice on my phone, so I was interested to see how useful the widgets could be. Of the two, I personally have more use for the control panel widget. The recent message one leaves my personal communication exposed to anyone who happens upon my phone or is checking out my cool new Xperia X10.

With the shortcut, I could get one-click access to my text messages, and the widget includes the same feature. There is also a toggle button for changing the way Voice handles my calls. I have Voice making all my calls, so I wouldn’t need this feature very much. The Do Not Disturb button can be handy though. It would provide another way to make sure I don’t get interrupted during meetings. The widget features a compose button as well. This can be done through the shortcut, but it takes a few clicks. The widget offers one-touch access to compose a message.

If you use Google Voice as much as I do, this is a welcomed release. I should get quite a bit of use out of the control buttons. Google Voice has been rapidly improving over these last few weeks. I am looking forward to seeing what comes next.

Google Voice Available Without Invitation

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Readers of this blog know that I am a fan of Google Voice. I have posted about Voice for the iPhone, as a Chrome Extension, and in general about Google Voice. It was only available as a preview, until today. Google announced on the Google Voice Blog that Voice is now available to everyone.

If you don’t know what Google Voice is, here is a video introduction.

I use Google Voice a lot, as it is quite useful. I have utilized the call screening feature, jumped in on a voice mail in progress, and used Voice to ring a landline when my cell coverage wasn’t so good. These are just a few of the useful features of Voice. You can find out more on Google’s blog. If you haven’t tried Voice out yet, you should. I highly recommend it.