This sounds like a great idea. As a deployed soldier in Iraq I'd love to have a place for family and friends to call and leave messages. Just one catch though... The signup page mentioned the need for a US phone number. Like any smart deploying soldier, I had my only phone (my cell of course, come on who has a landline anymore) suspended under Service Members Civil Relief Act. Will I still be able to get an account?
Hi Chad. Thanks for your comment. The invitation will be transferable, so once you receive the email, you can forward it to a family member and ask him or her to create the account. They can set Google Voice to send all calls directly to voicemail and deliver messages to your email address. Whenever you reactivate your cell phone, you can remove the phone your family used and replace it with your own.
Brian,Thanks for your response. Could you post a tutorial (or just a simple explanation) of how deployed soldiers would go about transferring these accounts to a family member. How they would Set this up for us (and to be completely honest, the geek in me really wants to be a part of this process), and how they would then transfer this account back to us.Thank you in advance.
Hi Chad. The simple explanation is first to get an invite through www.google.com/militaryinvite. The invite comes in an email that can be forwarded to a family member. That person then clicks on the link in the email and signs up for Google Voice. When asked to verify their account they use their phone. They can modify phone routing so their phone never rings and everything goes to voicemail. Then the service member can check voicemail through this account. When back in the states the service member justs changes the forwarding phone to a new number and deletes the previous number. There are tutorials for forwarding phones and phone routing on this page: http://www.google.com/googlevoice/about.html# Hope that helps.
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