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.