Google Voice is one of the company’s oldest services and it has changed a lot over the years. It started as a simple web-based phone service, but smartphones allowed it to become much more advanced. Last year, Google began decoupling Voice from its other phone service, Google Fi. That separation is now complete and the services can co-exist on the same account.
Previously, Google Voice and Google Fi were heavily integrated. People who signed up for Fi were required to give up their Voice accounts. It was impossible to use both services on the same Google account. The company has slowly been separating the two over the last year and now it’s finally ready. Customers can now have Fi and Voice phone numbers on the same account.
Google will be rolling out this change over the next few days. Google Fi customers can set up call forwarding to their Voice number through this link. Or, if you’d prefer the opposite, you can forward Voice calls to your Fi number. Using these methods allows you to give out each number for different purposes, but receive all calls in one place.
This is a long-overdue feature for Voice and Fi. I signed up for Google Fi a couple of years ago and giving up my Google Voice number was one of the harder decisions. It would have been much easier if I didn’t have to choose at all. If this is something that was holding you back, now’s the time to make the switch.
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