I have recently become a fan of Google Voice but one thing holding many people back is having to use a different phone number. This is something Google has been working on and today have introduced number portability for Google Voice. That's right, now you can get Google Voice with your existing phone number.
With Google Voice using your existing number you get all of the following features:
Online, searchable voicemail
Free automated voicemail transcription
Custom voicemail greetings for different callers
Email and SMS notifications
Low-priced international calling
Though you don't get all of the same features as you would using a Google Voice number, the features listed above still make it worth using. Especially if you are like me and spend a good portion of your day on the computer. Personally, having the ability to listen search and listen to voicemail, and send or receive SMS messages online is preferred over actually using my phone.
This really does make getting started and accustomed to Google Voice easy. To get Google Voice you can either request an invitation (usually only takes a week or so), or if you already know someone with Google Voice, ask them for an invitation.
You know what I'm wondering is if I can sign up and use my existing number, but later on if I decide I want the other features, if you can get a Google Voice number. Or are you stuck with the lower features?
Sounds nice cant wait to try just waiting on an invite. I wounder how long it will take to get one from Google?
sunkast's post on the blog says "a week or so", however, in my case it took so long that I had forgotten i'd requested one. I'm thinking it was at least a month.
That may be because I requested it a very short time after Grand Central shut down. The only reason I didn't choose to keep using my Grand Central number was it was in the New York City group of area codes, my new GV number is in the 518 area code like the rest of my phone numbers.