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now can get Google Voice with a Google number OR with your existing mobile phone number. If you choose to use Google Voice with your existing number, you won't get some features (like call screening and recording), but you'll still get many others
More specifically, 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
What is unbelievable is the slow responsiveness of telcos: they should be the first to offer these services, not wait to get their customers switching en-masse before doing something.
-No more "this mailbox is full" after 10 or so measely neglected voicemails.
-If you choose to dump your voicemail to GV, choosing to receive an SMS when one comes in almost totally mimics the typical mobile voicemail notification process (except, on the iPhone at least, the GV SMS notification gives you a preview of the voice-to-text, nice).
-In most situations, I'll be jumping on my mobile browser to read/hear/organize the new voicemail.
2) Hack attempts in voicemail/SMS
3) Cannot dial in to check voicemail, have to visit a site. What happens if you do not have a web enabled phone? What about the data fees for checking your voicemail via mobile web?