Google sure is trying their hardest to make every aspect of our lives easier, huh? Any feature you could ever want from the internet is available in their sites (Do we sense Google Porn coming soon?). But now, Google Voice makes a seamless integration by allowing you to keep your former phone number...
Previously, when you received much-hyped invitation to Google Voice, you were asked to create a new phone number to take advantage of their features. That new number could screen calls and re-route them to several different phones (depending on your settings, the number calling and time of day—pretty handy!).
But if you were hesitant to drop your current phone number and wanted to take advantage of the Google Voice voicemail, you had to jump through a few hoops to make it happen (We detailed the steps for you in How to Keep Your Number With Google Voice Voicemail).
Now, Google makes it a whole lot easier. You can choose to keep your existing number when you sign up for Google Voice to get features like the online searchable voicemail, free automated voicemail transcription and the custom voicemail greetings for different callers.