7 Reasons to Use Grasshopper Voicemail

7 Reasons to Use Grasshopper Voicemail | June's Journal

Not big on chitter chatter by phone

Last night a friend told me she doesn’t talk much by phone. ¬†She communicates mostly through internet and e-mail. ¬†In fact, she’s in seminary and her classes this quarter are all online.

I could so relate! ¬†I don’t talk by phone much either. ¬†Socially that is. ¬†Professionally I spend workdays talking on the phone with attorneys to troubleshoot computer problems. ¬†Like my friend’s classes, my job is “all online” or virtual. ¬†I don’t see my clients or co-workers in person.

We had something else in common, too.  She told me she was checking voicemail messages.

I used to be. ¬†It was a thorn in my side for years… until I found the perfect solution. ¬†I told my friend what solved my voicemail woes, and she liked the idea. ¬†That’s when I thought I should blog on it in case others out there are struggling with the same problem.

For obvious reasons, it’s important to check voicemail messages in a timely manner and respond to them. ¬†For one, the message may be urgent. ¬†Your child’s school may call, or the doctor’s office. ¬†A friend may be in crisis. ¬†There’s a number of urgent messages that you don’t want to get around to checking a week or more later. ¬†Besides all that, it’s just color-box common courtesy to get back to people.

My Perfect Solution

So what’s my perfect solution? ¬†Grasshopper.¬† Grasshoper is a virtual phone system that works with your cell phone (or land line if preferred). ¬†This phone system has of numerous benefits. I highlight the top seven below in relation to my (perhaps unorthodox) way of using their service.

Top 7 Benefits for Using Grasshopper

  1. Calls Ring My Cell First.¬† I configured my T-mobile cell phone to ring 3 times before forwarding the call to my Grasshopper phone system. ¬†(I can set the number of rings to anything I want.) ¬†Most cell phones have this option under “Call Settings” or “Call Forwarding Options.” ¬†Activating this feature causes my missed calls to go over to my Grasshopper voicemail system instead of my cell phone voice mailbox with T-mobile which I’m horrible at checking.
  2. Voicemails¬†Come to E-mail.¬† Inside my online Grasshopper account, I set my account to automatically send all calls to voicemail. ¬†(It can also be setup to ring any phone number of your choice.) ¬†The reason I send all calls to voicemail is because all the calls are ones I didn’t answer on my cell phone.¬†¬†Once a person leaves a voicemail, it comes to me in e-mail!¬†¬†This feature alone is a lifesaver. ¬†To boot, I can play the message right from my e-mail. ¬†I have a folder or “label” inside of my G-mail account called “Voicemails.” ¬†The folder lights up (turns bold)¬†whenever¬†I have a new voicemail.
  3. Mailbox Options.¬†¬†You can setup unlimited mailbox options at no extra cost, if desired. ¬†“Press 1 for June. ¬†Press 2 for¬†RLW¬†Fitness.” ¬†You get the idea. ¬†You can record a main greeting and even record unique greetings for each mailbox if you want. ¬†You can record the greetings by clicking the “record” button inside your online Grasshopper account, or simply upload an MP3 file. ¬†You can even upload your favorite songs as hold music.
  4. Text Message Alerts.¬†¬†¬†In addition, I setup a “filter” (message rule) inside of my G-mail so that my incoming¬†voicemails¬†also forward to my phone as a text message. That way if I’m not at the computer to instantly listen to the voicemail, I can still play it on my cell phone. ¬†The text message¬†contains¬†a play button that allows me to listen to the message. ¬†This isn’t really Grasshopper-specific but it’s part of my overall setup.
  5. Retain Copy of the Voicemail.¬†¬†Receiving my¬†voicemails¬†inside my e-mail account as attachments also allows me to “forward” them to others to hear. ¬†For example, I may want to delegate a task to someone else. It also makes it easy to save treasured messages from family members or others.
  6. Toll-Free Number or Local Number.¬†¬†You can give people a toll-free number to call you. ¬†This doesn’t matter as much these days since most cells can call long-distance for free, but I find it¬†to be¬†a nice option. ¬†You can also secure a local number if you prefer to have a number that uses the area code of your local area.
  7. Receive Faxes.¬†Don’t have a fax machine? ¬†You can use this service to receive faxes too, that are then forwarded conveniently to your e-mail inbox as attachments. ¬†Now that’s nice.

I’ve used Grasshopper for years now, back when it was known as GotVMail, and I highly recommend it. ¬†In preparation of this blog post, I joined their affiliate program so that I can offer anyone wanting to try it $50 off. ¬†Pretty groovy, eh?

Summing it all up

This year I aspire to be more purposeful about sharing helpful resources in my arsenal that may bless others! ¬†I told another friend today that God knit me to be resourceful. ¬†It’s like I can’t help myself! ¬†I’ve got to connect people with helpful resources or other people. ¬†Hence, The Urban Web Link (for those of you who know what that is–which I aspire to rebirth when the time is right).

So there you have it. ¬†If you’re “voicemail challenged” like me, Grasshopper can help!¬† As far as talking more on the phone goes, this wife and mommy of an active four-year-old who has a full-time job and does freelance web design and blogging on the side is working on it!


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