Anybody Familiar With Google Voice?

I just got my new work cell phone and set it up.  So far, it looks pretty cool (I got the Samsung Galaxy s3)

My goal is that I will stop using my personal cell phone, cancel the line, and save the money.  This will knock off about $22 in expenses per month.  Not a life changer, but a little extra always helps, especially when everything else goes up.

My goal is to keep my current cell phone number.  I’ve heard and read about Google Voice, but I’m wondering if readers can vouch for the service, or tell me anything I miss.

My understanding is that I can port my current number from my current carrier (Sprint) to Google.  They’ll do this for a $20 charge.

I can then assign my new phone issued via work as the destination number for any text messages or telephone calls received on the old number.  They would automatically get forwarded to the new number.

This would mean that I wouldn’t necessarily have to inform anybody that uses my current number of my ‘new’ number.

It would also mean that should I leave my job (and turn in the work cell phone), I will still own my number and can port that back out to another provider should I need to.

Am I thinking everything through? Will this work the way I envision it or am I missing any steps?

Any other Google Voice users out there that can vouch for what I’m proposing or guide me in a way that makes sense?


15 thoughts on “Anybody Familiar With Google Voice?”

  1. I’ve not used Google Voice yet. I am thinking of getting the S3 in January when our contracts are up. One thing on porting the number over, Verizon did not charge us to do that. We had been with Cricket and moved over to Verizon early last year and they ported the number over for free. You may want to ask about that.

  2. What you are wanting to do is one of the great things about Google. You can continue to have people call an OLD phone number and Google will forward it to a new number. Not all numbers can be ported though. Check the google web site to see if you can port your old number. Now the down side, as you make outgoing calls with your new cell phone, people will begin using your new number. This can be good or bad depending on how long you will have your new work cell phone.

    • Yeah, it would just be a good way to transition, not miss calls, and also keep the number should I not have the work one for a long time.

  3. I’ve use Google voice in the past and it works pretty well. Which you’ve outlined there is accurate. You just need to port over your old number to Google voice and once done configure Google to forward text messages and calls to whatever cell phone or number you want them to go to. The only thing that you have to remember is that any text message you respond to will show up as coming from your the number of your current cell phone so it may be a little confusing for the person sending a text message to you getting response from a different number. As far as phone calls go, if you just receiving phone calls on your old number then you should be fine. Good luck with your need to Google voice

  4. I’ve only used Google Voice for free. I know you can connect several numbers to your G Voice number so if any one of your numbers is dialed, you get the call.

    You can get texts and recorded voicemails emailed to you, too. It’s pretty easy to set up. I haven’t explored much beyond these features though.

    Let us know what you learn!

    -Christian L. @ Smart Military Money

  5. We got iPhones at work and I did this. I ported my old number into google voice (which in turn cancels your old plan automatically). Once complete, download the app on your new phone and you can make and receive calls with your old number. You can also make and receive texts. With the android operating system in your galaxy, you don’t even need the app. Google voice is integrated. Drop me a note and ill walk you through any specifics including pros and cons.

    • I don’t see it installed on my phone but it does look available for download so I will definitely have to look into that. I think my biggest nervous point right now is that Sprint will cancel just my line if I port my line out, and leave the other three lines intact.

      • I’m confused. If you port your number out of Sprint into Google Voice, it will cancel your old Sprint line. Isn’t that what you want?

        • We have a plan with four lines and my line is the primary line. The other three lines are staying as is. I am more concerned that they would botch something with the other three lines than anything else. However, I just did some homework and was advised to contact Sprint and ask to have one of the other lines designated as the primary line, which I just did and they made the change effective the end of the billing cycle, which is next week. So, once I confirm that I should be good to go.

  6. I got a Google voice account but i didn’t bother using it. Perhaps i should now. By the way guys i have always been a fan of your blogs and been following everyone of your articles. Can i ask you favor guys? would you mind give it a chance to look at my blog? I have few articles there that you might find interesting. If you do, please let me know what you think then. I’d love to hear comments and critics from you. Cheers everyone!

  7. I got a Google voice number for my blog and my life coaching business. I invite people to contact me via the Google voice number, which rings into my iPhone. If i need to call people back, i’ll call them on my iPhone. I just didn’t want to broadcast my real iPhone number on the internet.

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