No more. As of last night, you can now use Google Voice with your existing number. Here's a one-minute video that explains it all:
If you do decide to stick with your existing number, these perks await you:
- Online, searchable voicemail
- Free automated voicemail transcription
- Custom voicemail greetings for different callers
- Email and SMS notifications
- Low-priced international calling
If you're still confused about the who/what/why of the service, be sure to read Eight Things You Need to Know About Google Voice. It's enlightening.
Me, I'm still not sold. The vast majority of my communication these days happens via e-mail, IM, Facebook, etc. So jumping through a lot of hoops to get features I don't especially need strikes me as a waste of time.
What about you? Is this the Google Voice feature you've been waiting for? Share your thoughts in the comments!