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How to Enable Google Voice With Your Existing Number

Use Google Voice on Existing Mobile Numbers

 One of the more annoying things about the service, since it’s release, has been the inability to use an existing phone number with the service.  At sign-up (if you were lucky enough to get an invite from or a ) you had to create a new Google Voice number which you would then need to advertise to your friends and family…  DEAL BREAKER!  (sorry.. couldn’t resist the 30 Rock Reference)

Even Google recognized how lame this was and announced a half-baked idea about to help spread the word.  Yeah, I know… Sounds like the Launch Parties…

Anyway, Google knew that in order for the service to be more than just a cool gadget people played with but didn’t actually use Google would need to remove this key roadblock… and that that’s just what they did tonight with a new upgrade to Google Voice.

Google-Voice Feature Comparison Vs. Non-Google Number Effective immediately, Google voice will now allow you to leverage your existing mobile number to take advantage of select features of the service.  The list of features available include:

  • Google Voicemail
  • Voicemail Transcription
  • Custom Voicemail Greetings
  • International Calling
  • Mobile Apps

 

More features can be found on here for “Google Voice Feature w/Google Number Vs. Non-Google Number”.  Also, please note that only the follow carriers are officially supported at this time: Alltel, AT&T, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon.

Obviously, the largest feature here is the integration of Google Voicemail, Transcription and Custom Voicemail Greetings.  Here’s a quick Voicemail from Google Voice:

 

  

Enable Google Voice Integration w/Existing Mobile Phone Number

1.   Login to Google Voice, Click Settings then Click Activate Google voicemail for this phone

Note: The option will only be available for Mobile Numbers.

Screenshot Enable Google Voicemail for this phone 

2.   Select the Mobile Carrier from the Drop Down

Screenshot - Enable Google Voice on non-google number

 

3.   Follow the Instructions your given on your Mobile Phone

Screenshot - Enable Google Voice on non-google number at&t

I’ve not enabled the service on my iPhone yet but since it appears simple to disable, I’m sure I’ll play around with it tomorrow.  What about you?  Have you tried it out yet?  Would love to hear your feedback!


18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. dave  

    Great post! I’ll use it when I actually receive the invite e-mail …someday.

  2. AllBy Sie  

    Hi, can you invite me for google voice? my email is [email protected] Thank you so much.

  3. logan  

    Can you send me an invite. my email is [email protected] Thanks.

  4. Ryan  

    If anyone has any Google Voice invites left, I would really apprecite one. [email protected]

  5. I like. yeah, daddy really like. So MrGroove… it’s safe?

  6. Hi Dave,

    Do you still need a google voice invite?

  7. Um… Invite here please! Granted, I already have an account but #2 would be great for a personal project. 🙂 🙂

  8. zeus  

    Hi Mrgroove.

    What happens when you use an existing number but don't like it? Can you move back to your google voice number

  9. Yes. When you goto enable an existing # onto Google Voice it will notify you that you can disable it at anytime. I highlighted this in Yellow the Screenshot I posted in Step #1 Above.

  10. Djoutlaw  

    Could I maybe receive an invite please. email is [email protected]

  11. Dennis Hyatt  

    Yo I got a new Motorola DROID and would like to test the Google Voice features out.

    I've been using other google services like gmail since they were created, so send an invite by to my email below and I'll be glad to return the favor and give my invites out as well.

    My E-Mail: [email protected] Thanks for anyone willing to lend me one, I will surely make excellent use of it!

  12. Ed  

    Hi! Do you have any Google Voice invites left? Please send me one! echapa[at]live.com.mx thanks! 🙂

  13. scottlaviano  

    Hi, do you have any google voice invites or does anybody here have any??? i could really love one…i have a G1 so its a google phone so i get full out everything on it.. thanks everybody..please may i have 1

  14. Hi Scott,

    I'm all out of invites however keep an eye on this thread – https://www.groovypost.com/howto/google/google-v….

    As people donate more invites you can try and be the first to reply to get one.

    Gluck!

  15. Rassy  

    Can someone send me n invite on google voice

  16. Tedi  

    if anyone has any invites left please invite me i have an android phone and id love to use it
    (lg ally) [email protected]

  17. Hans  

    Hi,
    Pls anyone can invite me i would like to use g voice i will appreciate.
    Thanks my id is [email protected]

    • You don’t need an invite anymore. Just goto google.com/voice

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