GV – what’s the big deal

i had to ask two people for GV, i.e., google voice mail. but what’s the big deal? i have an iphone already. i already get as much info out of voicemail as i need to, namely who called at what time and how long the message is. i haven’t gotten a voicemail yet since i activated my GV so i am not sure how the transcription of voicemail works. what will GV do with my mom’s voicemail? my mom leaves messages in korean. don’t think GV transcribes voicemail left in korean?

so i’m wondering, is the big idea of GV not so much replacing some function on iphone, but rather eliminating the need for a skype account? so far that’s the only think i think i can gain from having a GV. i’m not going to renew my skype online number if this GV works well. and oh yes, international calls. right now, GV has good rates to korea landline and cell phone. and it has good landline rates to germany, but horrendous mobile phone rates to germany. i only call korea or germany. so i have not put the rest of the international rates to other countries. so anyway, so long as i’m not calling a cell phone number in germany (but who has landline anyway that they use more than their cell phone now adays anyhow?), GV might be better than skype. and on those occasions i need to call mobile phone in germany, i might still have to call using my skype account.

another triumphant moment! i signed up to pay about 3 or 4 dollars on my ATT account to get better international rates. well, forget that! no need for using my iphone att account to make international calls paying extra 3-4 dollars a month to get better rates. i will just use GV or skype to make international calls.

and as for my calling card? well, i wish my calling card would just die on its own without my having to call them up and cancel the account. come on. hmmm i was going to say calling access number before dialing the number you are calling is a pain in the butt. but same applies for GV without Google phone number. so maybe phone card is worth keeping.

oh and lastly, one thing GV is definitely better than skype for making international calls (except when you call mobile numbers in germany!)!! when you pre-pay for your phone calls, your credit card company won’t charge you some kind of fee for converting international currency. hello, folks at skype – it’s really a pain to see extra charge appearing on my credit card bill only because you don’t take us dollar without converting it to currency rest of the world might care about. don’t you know? things may look, feel, taste different in the rest of the world outside good old united states of america. but if you live in this country, the thought that when you use your credit card to pay for something and that the money has to be converted to another currency and you have to pay extra for conversion fee, well, that just doesn’t go down so well.

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