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  1. AzJazz

    AzJazz Member
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    I got my invite today, too.

    I plan on using mine (probably mostly for voicemail organization/transcription, possibly for VOIP), but I have a question to any existing Google Voice owners that have a Google-assigned number:

    Google says that I can't switch between a Google-assigned number / my mobile phone number. Does this mean that in order to use any of the features of GV, I have to make people use my Google-assigned number? Or, is there a way for me to have people use my existing mobile and still take advantage of the mobile number-only features?


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  2. Barbara

    Barbara Android Expert

    I don't give my GV number out except to businesses I order from or service people coming to my house, etc. If I get a voicemail, it still goes to my GV because I have my cell number associated with my GV account. That's about all I've used it for so far.
  3. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    if people call your regular number the only thing google voice can do is voice mail. if they call your google number(that forwards to your number) you can do a number of things such as, record the call, screen the call, block based on#, send to a different phone number based on #..... play with it. you can always revert.

    edit: when i say 'the only thing you can do is voice mail' that mean you have to use google voicemail in replacement of your providers voice mail.

    google voice will help you forward missed calls to their voicemail instead of your providers...

    i personally use Youmail - Visual Voicemail it has lots of fun voicemails you can set for all your callers. Google voicemail can too, but youmail has it set up to use theirs as well as yours... hope that makes $$. ;)
  4. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    i'm going the other way... i only give out google number now. if my cell changes, or if i only have a landline at some point.... everyone will still have that one number i can forward to ANY number at any time. or even based on who's calling. ect ect ad nauseam....
  5. Ernest_T_Bass

    Ernest_T_Bass Newbie

    I do this as well. In fact, in signing back up with Verizon last week, I specifically wanted to be assigned a new number. Reason why - I wanted people to stop calling my cell directly, and instead call the GV number. I've only given one person (my sister) my new cell number, and that's because she's also a Verizon customer (so she can take advantage of same network calling).

    There are a lot of good options to be had with Google Voice. If you haven't checked out the help section and forums on their site, I'd suggest you do. You'll find some very good tips there.
  6. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    nice. i should change my number to speed up the process. :D
  7. AzJazz

    AzJazz Member
    Thread Starter

    So, if I get a Google-Assigned number, that's the only one I can work with? I can't swap between my cell phone number and my Google-Assigned number?
  8. aaron19953

    aaron19953 Well-Known Member

    If someone calls you on your cel #, you can only use the GV voicemail feature..

    If someone calls you on your google voice number, you can use all the features..

    -=<> Aaron <>=-
  9. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    watch... google search? youtube search? the answers have been provided a few times now.

    YouTube - Google Voice for mobile
  10. Ernest_T_Bass

    Ernest_T_Bass Newbie

    ...and realize that if you want to use Google voicemail with your existing cell number, you'll need to set that up. When you look at your cell phone listing in your list of phones in GV, you'll see a link to activate Google voicemail for that phone. When you click on the link, you will be shown the key sequence to dial on your cell phone to point it to Google voicemail.

    So if you're asking if by setting up a GV number whether people can still call your cell number directly, sure they can. It'll continue to function as if you did nothing with Google Voice (other than perhaps the voice mail change mentioned). That was why I requested a new cell number when going back to Verizon - because even after I gave my work my GV number to use for emergencies, people continued to call my cell number directly. I gave my old prepaid cell phone to my sister, making sure to change the number to be in her city beforehand.
  11. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Extreme Android User

    i have gone soley back to my cell number it is so damm confusing sometimes.. especially the texting
  12. Dasaco

    Dasaco Lurker

    Do you still get charged minutes by your service provider if you get a google # call or is that at different rates from the service provided by google?
  13. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    so far my google voice has only dialed out to one number for all outgoing calls... i added that number to my friends and family list... no minutes.

    for incoming, your carriers rates/minutes apply to whatever number the person is calling from.
  14. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    so.. i pay nothing for outgoing calls anytime in the us and canada... and use no minutes from verizon while calling out from google voice app.

    i wonder how long till they put an end to it... lol. the store reps eyes lit up when he realized what i was doing.
  15. AzJazz

    AzJazz Member
    Thread Starter

    Hi, BH - I actually had watched the videos a few times before posting. The videos didn't answer my questions. They focused on the features that you get when you go with a non-GV number vs. a GV number.

    They didn't say anything about what GV features I can get (if any) with my non-GV number *IF* I signed up for a GV assigned number.

    I'm not planning on ever giving out (or using) a GV assigned number much ... Mostly because nobody I know will want to use it. I've got a very nice mobile number that all my friends know, and they won't be calling the GV number if I give it to them.

    BUT ... Once I choose which number to use, Google sez I'm stuck with my choice. I'm doing the research now to make sure I don't make a choice I will regret later.

    Thus, I was wondering if I was crippling myself (with GV features on my mobile number) if I went with the GV-assigned number vs. the using my mobile number on GV.

    If that clarifies things, maybe this is the question I should have asked in the first place:

    If I sign up for a GV-assigned number and never use the GV-assigned number for anything, are there GV features for my mobile phone that I won't have access to that I would have had if I signed up with GV only using my non GV-assigned mobile number?

    Whew. That was a mouthful. (Fingerfull?)


  16. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    if i'm reading this right.... the only thing you could use on your regular number wold be voice mail.

    if people called your google number(that forwards to your regular number) you can use all of their feature on your phone for those calls.

  17. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    i hope these are the droids you are looking for. :D i was getting confused about your wording... when i signed up a ""non google number google voice account"" wasn't an option. I wouldn't use it if i had the choice now. i like having a seperate number...

    i'm sure you'll be able to make a new number someday... i know i have 4 gmail accounts... eventually i'll get more invites on them or they'll open it up for everyone and i can get a new number then.

    Using a Google number vs. a non-Google number : Basics - Google Voice Help

  18. colnago

    colnago Android Expert

    Its amazing the information people can find with a device that's focused on "search", developed by a company built on "search", once they actually "search".


    That said, has anyone been able to get Google Voice to piggy back off of a Vonage account, and not use VZ minutes? I don't think it will work unless a SIP client is used.

    It'd be nice to get the free international calls Vonage offers. I thinking it might work if GVoice and/or Vonage number were in "Friends and Family", and in a pinch, Vonage could be set to "forward all" to the international number...I guess that would be a workaround, but I can't test as I'm sans Droid.
  19. FrayAdjacent

    FrayAdjacent Android Enthusiast

    It would seem to me that you don't really understand what Google Voice does.

    Think of it like an answering service. It's one number that you use, or give to people to contact you.

    Then based on who is calling (determined by individual numbers, or by groups of people), Google Voice does various things, like forwarding the call to one or more of your normal phones, forwarding directly to voicemail or outright blocking the call.

    If you don't want to use it like that, it's benefits are greatly diminished. You could set it up as your voicemail service so that you can have a more 'visual voicemail' system, and not have to pay for it. It will also transcribe voicemails allowing you to read them. It can also email this to you if you'd like.

    From your original post:

    Sounds to me like you're asking if you can have it use your cell number as your Google Voice number.

    Only one number can be assigned to a given service. Otherwise the system would get confused.

    I think you CAN port your cell phone number to your Google Voice account, but if you did that, you'd have to get a new cell number to be assigned to your cell account.

    Otherwise, yes, you would need to give all of your friends/family/contacts your Google Voice number and ask them to use it to call you. They can txt you on it as well, but it doesn't handle MMS.
  20. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    the undersanding of google voice is there... i think they are confused about:

    using 'Google Voice' with their personal number as a 'Non-Google, Google Voice Number'


    using a 'Google Voice Number' separate from the other line.

    i remember those weren't options when i first signed up, then a few weeks later it was an option and i was confused. After reading up i decided to keep mine as it was.... which is i have a 'Google Voice Number' separate from my 'regular cell number'. 'Google Voice' is set up to forward any calls on my 'Google Voice Number' to my 'regular cell number.' I can also use the 'Google Voice APP' on my cell phone to dial out using my 'Google Voice Number'

  21. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    i would seem that you don't understand how google voice works ;)

    good info here:

    Using a Google number vs. a non-Google number : Basics - Google Voice Help
  22. FrayAdjacent

    FrayAdjacent Android Enthusiast

    Now THAT is a bit confusing. I don't know how Google Voice could give you the option of a Google Voice number and a Non-Google Voice number for the Google Voice service. Unless...

    Perhaps it's asking if you want to port-in a phone number? That would result in what I mentioned above - Google Voice would take your cell number from your cell account, which would mean you'd have to be assigned a new cell number by your provider. This would be advantageous in that you wouldn't have to get all of your friends or family to use a new number...

    But I'm not sure if that's what it means. I was not given any option like that when I activated my account, that I recall. I just selected a local number, and set it up. Most of my friends still use my cell number anyway, but I've put my Google Voice number on my resume and on my bank accounts and such.

    The rest makes sense, setting up Google Voice to forward to your cell, and using the Google Voice app to make calls using Google Voice.
  23. FrayAdjacent

    FrayAdjacent Android Enthusiast

    A better way to state it would be

    "you don't know how THIS part of Google Voice works".

    I'm pretty familiar with the service, but haven't heard about this 'Google number vs. non-google number' as it relates to using Google Voice.

    ETA: Checked out the link. I see how it works. Using a 'non-Google number' allows you to use a few features of Google Voice... looks like primarily the voicemail stuff.

    IMHO, that defeats many of the benefits of the service.
  24. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    sorry just a little poke tongue in cheek regarding your first post. :)

    i makes mention of using your number as a 'non-Google' number... it WON'T make you get a new number for your phone.

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