Maybe I'm late, or maybe I'm one of the people that just found out about this awesome feature!
I signed up for a Google Voice account today. Do I love it so far? Absolutely!
Not only am I able to call anywhere in the U.S. from my google account at NO charge, but I can also video chat. My favorite feature is the voicemail number. You pick your own number and calls are forwarded to 1 or more of the phones you add to the account and if you don't answer, it is sent to your free google voicemail. Voicemail messages from callers are typed out and sent to your g-mail address. What a great way to keep records of your messages!
I used the service for a total of 4 times today and I look forward to wearing this service out!