Google Voice as an Emergency Contact Number

by Michael on August 25, 2010 · 5 comments

I love technology as much as the next guy, so when Google Voice came out, I was intrigued. As handy as it seems, however, I just couldn’t find a good use for it. For me, it was a solution in search of a problem.


I mean, sure… I could start using Google Voice as my “one phone number to rule them all,” but that would mean telling everyone about my new number. Maybe if/when my number(s) change in the future, but right now? No thanks.

That being said… My opinion changed when the kids headed back to school.

As parents everywhere are no doubt aware, you have a to fill out a truckload of paperwork at the beginning of the school year. Have multiple kids? Then you have multiple sets of paperwork, especially if they’re in different schools.

One of the big things that they ask for at the beginning of the school year is emergency contact information. The problem with this is that, if your phone number changes, you’ll have to change your emergency info all over town.

Enter Google Voice. Simply sign up for the free service, get yourself some shiny new digits, and use them whenever you’re asked for emergency contact info. On the back end, you have full control over where calls to your Google Voice number wind up.

If your phone number ever changes, just tell Google Voice. There’s no need to change the number you’ve handed out all over town. You can even send your calls to multiple phone numbers at once.

In other words, you’ll no longer have to provide you home, cell, and work numbers. You can just give your Google Voice number and set it up to ring all of your phones at once.

Going forward, I’ll probably transition to the “one number to rule them all” mindset, but for now… This is a very handy solution for parents who want to maximize their reachability.


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Blaine Moore August 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I’ve just started giving out my new google voice number instead of my cell phone number to people. So most of my contacts still call the cell directly, but at least when I do change my phone number at some point some of my contacts (maybe by then most of them) will already have the google voice number.

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David Zupp August 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Nope.

Google Voice is NOWHERE near stable enough to be given this responsibility. I don’t even trust it for business use yet. Call can go straight to voice-mail, quality can be poor, etc.,

The quality is simply not there yet to use for family emergencies.

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Tate August 26, 2010 at 12:21 am

David I would agree that GV may not be stable enough, but you can still set up GV to send you a text message and email when you receive a voice mail. It has never failed on this for me and I’ve been using the service since it was Grand Central.

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greendragonfly September 9, 2010 at 12:43 am

Good idea, but Skype is the same thing, if only for a couple of bucks. And it is stable and works well, too. Still, really a great idea for all of those forms…

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Michael Cicon October 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Yes am contacting you I need to remove a phone number from my account and am wondering how to do that will you please get back tp me ASAP PLEASE

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