I guess there had to be a reason for Google’s upgrade for their Google Voice BlackBerry application. They just announced the release of a newer option for potential Google Voice users. You can use your regular cellphone number and have your voicemails handled by Google Voice. Kind of like YouMail and other similar services. When you sign up for Google Voice now you will get the option of either using your existing number just for voicemail or getting a new Google Voice number.
if you sign up for Google Voice with your existing number, you’ll get:
- Online, searchable voicemail
- Free automated voicemail transcription
- Custom voicemail greetings for different callers
- Email and SMS notifications
- Low-priced international calling
If you decide to also get a new Google number, you’ll get all of the above PLUS:
- One number that reaches you on all your phones
- SMS via email
- Call screening
- Listen In
- Call recording
- Conference calling
- Call blocking
Pretty cool stuff! Current Google Voice users can also use their existing number by following the instructions at this link.