Among the many great calling features of Google Voice is continually-improving SMS features.
You can opt to receive SMS solely on the web, thereby reducing your need for an SMS plan with your cell phone network provider.
But, until recently, it’s been somewhat redundant to have to leave open your Google Voice inbox alongside your email inbox, in the browser. If you’re like me, you consider SMS and email to be one in the same - sure, email is capable of much more, but in the end it’s just a “text” message being sent to you.
Now you can send and receive SMS solely through your email inbox, and thereby also eliminating the need for ever loading the voice.google.com site, unless you wanted to look through voice and SMS archives, or change your settings.
Each of your Google Voice contacts now has a unique SMS email address, although it seems the only way to figure out what it is for each contact, you have to have your SMS forwarded to email:
When you receive an SMS via email, look at the From address. It should look something like this:
In the example above, your own Google Voice phone number is at the beginning, and the sender’s phone number would be in place of the string of hash marks (#).
You can save this unique email address to that contact’s profile in your email program:
Then, when you want to send this person an SMS, just start a new email and type their name like you would for any other email (example below shown in Gmail):
You can fully interact with an SMS conversation solely via email!