FREE CONTEST: Win a Google Voice Invite!
Contest is closed: Winner was Fitzah – Congratulations to Fitz!
I have been in on Google Voice (GV) since before Google bought it. (It was originally called GrandCentral.) It is a great application. I am amazed that it is totally FREE!
Some of the most significant features:
- You get a free phone number in almost any USA area code
- You can select which literal phone(s) lines (can be cell or land lines) will ring when a call comes in on your GV number (several phones can be set to ring simultaneously)
- You can have your voice mail transcribed and sent to you in email (with an attachment of an MP3 of the recording)
- You can make unlimited free calls to any other number in the USA
- You can publish a WIDGET (on your website, etc) that allows others to call you for FREE (see my link on this site here.)
- You can even have separate responses for different callers (answer one, give recording 1 to another & give recording x,y or z to a third number)
- You can choose which lines ring or whether to answer (or reject callers) based on the time of day
Update (Oct 27, 2009): You can now use Google Voice with your existing mobile phone number! This enables you to get transcribed Voice Mail sent to your email account – without having your callers use a new phone number. Check it out here: http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/google-voice-with-your-existing-number.html
There are several additional features but these are sufficient for the moment. For more, check this video:
The problem for most people is that GV is still in CLOSED BETA and you can only get it if you have an invitation.
Well I have an INVITE that I will provide to one fortunate user of this site!
RULES FOR THE CONTEST:
- You must reside in the USA (sorry but Google Voice does not work elsewhere)
- You must leave a QUALIFIED COMMENT to this article. The comment must give your best reason why I should give the INVITE to you (make it humorous or technical but it must be G-rated!)
- You must provide a working email address so that I can contact you.
- Only ONE qualified comment per person. If I discover that a single person has used multiple email accounts to leave comments, then ALL comments by that individual will be disqualified. If you leave out some info in a comment and want to correct it, just ask (in the new comment) that the old comment be deleted.
- Your comment must be saved on this site prior to 3AM (Central Time), Thursday, October 29th, 2009.
- Additional Entries: You can have up to THREE entries in the contest if you follow the next two steps:
- Send a TWEET LINKING to this post using the hash #RayW (if I find this tweet, it will add one more entry in your name)
- Post about this contest on your FACEBOOK page with a LINK to this page. If you do and send me an friend request, this will also add an additional entry in your name.)
- The winner will be selected by random drawing and the winner will be announced here later on the 29th. The decision of the judge (me) is final and there is no recourse for debate.
- NOTICE: YOU MUST CHECK BACK HERE TO SEE IF YOU ARE THE WINNER. IF THE WINNER HAS NOT CLAIMED HIS OR HER PRIZE BY 3AM (CENTRAL TIME) ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, 2009, THEY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND A NEW WINNER SELECTED.