Sprint and Google have taken the Google Voice experience and ramped it up a notch, effectively making it possible for Sprint customers to set their existing Sprint wireless phone number as their Google Voice number.
According to the formal announcement of the integrated Google Voice experience, Sprint customers will, in fact, be able to tap all the well-known features and benefits of Google Voice “without the hassle and fees associated with porting their number.”
Sprint, which is the only carrier to currently offer this capability, will be available soon on all Sprint CDMA phones, including the forthcoming Nexus S 4G1, which comes preloaded with the Google Voice Android app.
“As part of our partnership with Google, our customers will appreciate having the easiest set-up experience of any wireless carrier for Google Voice across all of our CDMA phones, using their existing Sprint phone number,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Product and Technology Development, Sprint. “It’s now easier than ever to truly live a mobile lifestyle with the ability to manage multiple devices through intelligent call routing and online controls using just one phone number – your existing Sprint number.”
Customers can sign up to be notified when the integrated Google Voice experience for Sprint phones arrives at www.google.com/voice/sprint.
“With this integration, we have made Google Voice simple to use with a Sprint phone,” said Dave Girouard, president at Google. “Sprint subscribers now have access to all the benefits of Google Voice behind their existing mobile number without the need for porting or, if they already have a Google Voice number, they can display that number from their Sprint phone without the need for a separate application.”