For servicemen and women who are constantly on the move, having a single number and an easy way to retrieve messages from loved ones can be invaluable. To help our service members communicate with their loved ones and show our support to those serving our country, Google is launching a new program. Starting today, any active U.S. service member with a .mil email address can sign up for a Google Voice account atwww.google.com/militaryinvite and start using the free service within a day.
Google Voice gives you one new phone number that can forward to your work phone, home phone, cell phone, etc. simultaneously. If you're unavailable, it records a voice mail, automatically transcribes the spoken voicemail to text, sends you an SMS of the message emails you and an MP3 of the voice mail. You can set up call groups so certain people always go to voice mail, certain people can ring your cell phone, etc. And it's free.
It also has spam filtering, which is good, because Aly and I don't have landlines to give the telemarketers so I just give random companies my GV number and let Google block them.
Definitely useful for anyone active duty!