In This Chapter
Configuring basic voice mail
Setting up Google Voice
Reviewing Google Voice messages
Accessing Google Voice on the Web
It all started with the answering machine, which was mechanical and awkward to set up. Eventually, the answering machine gave way to voice mail, which sounds so much more professional and modern. Yet even voice mail has its drawbacks, such as your friend Doris whose phone called you from her purse and you have to listen to a "message" of her driving her car and trying to sing along to the radio for 5 minutes before you're given a chance to delete the message.
Voice mail has now given way to something completely revolutionary: Your Nexus One can be set up to use Google Voice. It combines the best of voice mail with e-mail and the power of the computer. Though it's amazing, it's not exactly the easiest thing to figure out, which is why I wrote this chapter. Oh, and I also briefly cover traditional cellphone voice mail, though you want to use Google Voice on your Nexus One.
Your cellphone provider most likely offers a voice mail feature. It's standard: Missed calls are picked up by the voice mail system. Your phone alerts you to the missed call, and then you phone the voice mail system, listen to your calls, and use the phone's dialpad to delete messages, repeat messages, and use other features ...