One of the nicest features of Google Voice is the way it transcribes voicemail left on the phone into text. It then sends the voicemail as a text message to any phone configured with GV. The transcriptions aren’t always completely accurate, they are sometimes pretty funny as a matter of fact. But having used GV for months, I can attest that this is a very useful feature. AT&T phone customers may not be aware that there is a carrier feature that can do the same thing. Voicemail to Text costs a hefty $9.99 per month, though.
The feature will send any voicemail left on your AT&T phone via text message and/or email. Customers can then reply to the caller via call-back, text or email. Since the voicemail is in text, it can be forwarded to others. Normal voicemail service still works normally on top of the text features. The feature must be activated by the carrier.