?
Solved

I Need an Alternative to Google Voice

Posted on 2014-03-06
8
Medium Priority
?
475 Views
Last Modified: 2014-03-07
Can someone recommend a VOIP service that operates similarly to Google Voice?

I want to get a virtual phone number that can auto-forward all incoming calls to my cell phone. In addition I would like to be able to make outgoing calls (from my smart phone or computer) that will display that phone number in the caller ID of anyone receiving that outgoing call.

Also, it's critical that this number be able to receive text messages and forward those to my smartphone or email inbox. Will need to send text messages from my smart phone that display as coming from this virtual number.

I see there are companies like Grasshopper.com that offer this functionality, but they all seem to charge between $12 and $20 per month. Would prefer a cheaper alternative. Or free would be even better, but ultimately I realize I will probably have to pay something.

Thanks in advance.
0
Comment
Question by:anuneznyc
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
  • 3
8 Comments
 
LVL 59

Accepted Solution

by:
Cliff Galiher earned 1000 total points
ID: 39911468
The *only* other service I know that provides all the features you listed is called "TextPlus."  There are plenty of VoIP providers out there, but most haven't bothered to set up SMS support because to run VoIP, you still need an "app" of some sort and it is easier just to provide native messaging in the app and not have to conform to the SMS standard and set up SMS gateways that tie into the cellular networks and pay those interchange fees.

That's why you see apps like WhatsApp and Viber gaining rapid popularity, and mainstays continuing to advance to complete, like Skype and even Blackberry Messenger. Is there a benefit to SMS? Sure. Someone can message you without a special app. But most app developers and VoIP providers seem to have decided the cost doesn't justify the service and haven't found a way to monetize it. Even Google Voice is limited (no MMS support, *only* SMS) ...

It's a rough marketplace right now and rapidly evolving. But your SMS requirement, you've really limited the field of options. Since Google Voice doesn't seem to meet your needs, there may not *be* a better option.
0
 

Author Comment

by:anuneznyc
ID: 39912530
Thank you very much, Cliff. TextPlus does look good. But there seems to be a problem for me.

I do NOT want to use my current cell #. I need a brand new phone # that I can then forward to my current cell phone. This does not seem to be an option w/ TextPlus.
0
 
LVL 59

Expert Comment

by:Cliff Galiher
ID: 39912853
Textiles does issue phone numbers from their own pool like skypeIn and Google Voice.
0
Efficient way to get backups off site to Azure

This user guide provides instructions on how to deploy and configure both a StoneFly Scale Out NAS Enterprise Cloud Drive virtual machine and Veeam Cloud Connect in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

 

Author Comment

by:anuneznyc
ID: 39912867
Textiles? Please send me a link. Thanks!
0
 
LVL 59

Expert Comment

by:Cliff Galiher
ID: 39912873
Phone autocorrect. TextPlus.
0
 

Author Comment

by:anuneznyc
ID: 39912900
Oh, OK. Great. Let me look into that.

Thanks!
0
 

Author Comment

by:anuneznyc
ID: 39913316
Yes, you're correct, Cliff. That's perfect!

Thank you very much!
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:anuneznyc
ID: 39913318
The perfect solution. Thanks!
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Once again I push the limits of my phone.  An introduction to the Android Google Now Launcher.
The case of the missing phone talks about the way a small electronic gadget (the mobile phone) has penetrated into our lives and has made us addicted to it.
If you’ve ever visited a web page and noticed a cool font that you really liked the look of, but couldn’t figure out which font it was so that you could use it for your own work, then this video is for you! In this Micro Tutorial, you'll learn yo…
Have you created a query with information for a calendar? ... and then, abra-cadabra, the calendar is done?! I am going to show you how to make that happen. Visualize your data!  ... really see it To use the code to create a calendar from a q…

770 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question