Google Voice

Should I pay for Google Voice?

Episode 1585

Gary from New York, NY

Gary wants to know if it's worth buying GSuite from google. Leo says it makes a lot of sense for companies. But for $10 a month, you don't get anything new. But Google is replacing Google Hangouts with Meet and Chat, so you may have the opportunity to use that. It also offers Google Voice for new users. Look around. Check out Grasshopper. Mighty Call. Line2. Leo uses Ring Central. 

Gary also found out that PlayOn, his DVR service online, is going up to $50 a lonth. Check out YouTube TV. And you don't have to give them your password. 

Use a Google Voice Number to Filter Out Non-Contact-List Calls

Google Voice's Screening feature allows you to configure your phone's reaction to calls from outside your contact list. Actions include sending directly to voicemail or asking for the caller's name. You can keep your normal phone number, or you could even get a whole new number! An alternative is Nomorobo for iOS, which compares a caller's number to known scammers/robocallers. However, it requires a paid subscription, unlike Google Voice.

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Why doesn't ObiTalk work with Google Fi?

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Episode 1559

Johnny from Atlanta, GA

Johnny uses Google Voice and bought an ObiTalk to use with some older phones. Is that a good idea? Leo says he used the ObiTalk for a long time. It's very cool. However, It doesn't work with Google Fi, so if his Google Voice is tied to Google Fi, he'll have issues. Johnny would have to use a second Google Voice number, but that doesn't do him much good and he can't forward that number to his other Fi account.

Can I use Google Voice with my old phones?

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Episode 1557

Paul from San Diego, CA

Paul is getting ready to cut the cable on his telephone service and he's moved his number to Google Voice. But how can he get his phones to work with Google voice? Leo says that phone numbers are portable, and as such, his home phone number can be ported to Google Voice. And then he can have his mobile phone ring when his number gets called. Up to 5 different phones can do that.

Is Android secure?

Android

Episode 1550

Gary from Buffalo, NY

Gary is about to get an Android phone and is concerned about security. Leo says that mobile phones have enhanced security with apps sandboxed from one another, and as such, are extremely secure. Android also has a mobile kill switch for apps, so if a bad app is installed, Google can kill it. So he doesn't really need an antivirus app for his smartphone. He should just make sure to only install apps from reputable sources.

How can I prevent Google from knowing everything about me?

Google

Episode 1541

Derek from Costa Mesa, CA

Derek has to create a Google account, but he wants to prevent Google from having his information. He tried to use an app to mask his phone, but it won't work. Can he use a burner phone? Leo says that he'll have to jump through a lot of hoops to prevent it, but it can be done. A burner phone will work. Then he can create a Google Voice number to use with that. Or he can just put the burner into his car for emergencies. But every time he searches, Google will know what he searched for, even when he's using a private window. The reality is, his phone carrier and ISP will know everything.