Back when it was nothing but a small, tiny speck of the internet, Google launched its over-the-air voice calling service called Grand Central. The service was supposed to provide tools and features that you might otherwise have to pay for, like unlimited voicemail, unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited texting and voicemail transcription, but for absolutely free. The service took off, and now Google's VoIP service is a hit. Everyone and their grandmother has the feature enabled on their mobile phones because of its easy set up, whether they're using a smartphone or dumb phone, iPhone or Android phone.
But what if there was more from Google Voice than its advertised features? We've got 14 awesome tips and tricks to get Google Voice working like a boss, and more than just another free phone-over-the-internet service. Read on for tips on how to do things like send free text messages, block calls, and set up different voice messages for different people.
It's not easy writing this story without feeling a little bit of awkwardness about the subject matter, but today the US Patent and Trademark Office approved one of Apple's patents that prevents users from sending or receiving text messages with "objectionable" wording. Yes, folks, if you're the type that sends mass text messages with the word "boob", you're probably the demographic that Apple is aiming for.