October 26th, 2009 | by Barb Dybwad
Luckily that changes today, with tonight’s Google announcement that you can now use Google VoiceGoogle Voice with an existing phone number. Also notably, you can now add GoogleGoogle voicemail service to any of the mobile numbers linked to your account. Think of it a bit like Gmail for voicemail.
Now when you first sign up for Google Voice you can choose between using your own number or choosing a new Google number. You still get many of Google Voice’s features when using your own number, including the Google voicemail feature you can now add to linked phones.
Unfortunately it’s not a full number port, and you won’t get all of the Google Voice features when using your own number — at least not yet. But especially if you have an older phone that doesn’t already have a nice visual voicemail interface, the Google voicemail feature alone might be reason enough to switch. The company also says it plans to roll out a full service compatible with your existing number, including other great features of Voice like conference calling, call screening, and listening into calls before deciding to pick up.
Check out the video about how Google voicemail works below. And if you’re still hunting for an invite to Google Voice, you can ask a friend for one.
Do you use Google Voice? If not, will you consider using the service now that you can keep your existing number? Let us know in the comments.