For the past four days I felt as if I have been banned to my own little desert island. And this primitive island has banned all phone service. It all started when my cellphone battery died and it refused to be resuscitated. So off to the hospital it went wrapped in a little plastic baggie. Hoping that the manufacturer can work some magic.
In less than 8 hours after shipping my cellphone off, the techno-gremlins decide to invade my house phone. And no thanks to At&T, who have decided that they will have their gremlin fighting posse out to wage war by 8 pm this evening. Oh how I was hoping the estimated time they gave me Thursday afternoon was just an exaggeration. But it seems they are sticking to their word.
Google Voice Saves My Sanity
Now I’m the kind of girl who can get swept up in my to do(s) and before I know it most of the day has passed and I haven’t spoken to another soul. But I don’t like the idea of the gremlins deciding when I communicate.
And that’s when I remembered Google voice! I subscribed to this FREE service several months ago when I had previous cell phone trouble. According to the company, Google Voice gives you one:
- one phone number for all your phones
- voicemail as easy as email
- Free US long distance
- low rate international calling
Having Google voice connected to my house number gives me the ability to make long distance call from my home phone, since I discontinued my long distance service thru AT&T. However, I couldn’t use that feature of course – that phone is NOT working.
It’s the text feature that has saved my peace of mind. The text feature has kept me connected to my regular contacts by using the Google voice app on my tablet. And it sends a transcript of the texts to my email inbox. If only I had been wise enough to connect it to my cell phone – we live and learn. Have you used Google voice? What ways have you had to work around technology?
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