Google Voice with your existing number

You now can get Google Voice with a Google number OR with your existing mobile phone number. If you choose to use Google Voice with your existing number, you won’t get some features (like call screening and recording), but you’ll still get many others — including Google voicemail:

If you already have a Google number, this new feature should also help with the transition to your new number, as you can now forward unanswered calls to your mobile phone to your Google Voice account. This way, people who still call your old number will reach the same voicemail as people who call your Google Voice number.

If you already use Google Voice, you can add Google voicemail to any mobile phone you’ve linked to your account. If you’re not using Google Voice yet, you can request an invitation or ask someone with a Google Voice account to invite you. When you receive the invitation to sign-up, you decide whether you’d like to use Google Voice with your existing number or get a Google number.

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6 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Maybe it’s just me (or the fact that I already have visual voicemail with my iPhone), but this seems like another service that will waste my time, ironically as it attempts to organize my life. Same with Google Wave. There are only so many hours in a day, and eventually (and likely already now) people are going to have to prioritize what extra services they subscribe to and actively check. The whole Google-anything craze is no different than Apple fan-boy status, and I guess I’m outside the crowd that worships literally anything that comes from Google or Apple.

  2. Funny enough this has always been possible with Google voice to my knowledge (since it was GrandCentral). They’re just rolling it out as a new feature (which makes sense). All you’re doing is forwarding your calls that go to voicemail to your Google Voice number instead of the voicemail number your carrier currently uses.

  3. As the world shifts towards a Search=Gold model, it seems to make sense for Google (the search-gurus) to try and get people to conduct as much of their digital life as possible on their platform. But imho it’s a little concerning to have one company with so much responsibility for so much. First it was just Internet content, now it’s email, documents, video, music, books, voice, phone calls, etc. i wonder if Google has had any meetings with the DOD lately?

  4. I put my Google Voice # on my business card and get my calls forwarded to my iPhone (which is the only phone line I can afford now – no separate business phone yet!). Now I can easily ignore calls from Google Voice after business hours, and I get emails of the the recorded voicemails (which are great when I’m in a building that gets no reception).

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