Using Service Provider's number for Google Voice Text

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by distortnation, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    I decided to use google voice for my free texting purposes.

    I tried to do a search on how to use the number on my phone (not a Google Voice number) as the main number Google Voice uses for text messages. Logically this doesn't make sense since a message would goto to that number (the service provider), thus charging me but I'm hoping I'm wrong and that everyone's doing this.

    So... can I use the number my service provider has for my iphone as my google voice number in order to send and receive text messages for free? Or do I just have to give people a different number now whenever I want them to text message me.
  2. macrumors G4


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    You have to give them the GV number. There may be some providers that link your number to the GV number (Sprint was doing this with Google a few years ago, but you ended up with the GV number as your number) but I have no idea which one's and what their deals with Google are.

    Just use a GV app. I'd recommend Talkatone because it's easy and it acts just like the regular iPhone dialer/text apps. Just text from the GV app and any replies will go back to the GV app.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2012
    You can port your number to google voice. However then it won't work on your phone for calls.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Sprint allows for phone number unification in Google Voice. They are the only carrier.
  5. takeshi74, Jan 14, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2013

    macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    You don't need to search. The info is on the GV site.

    It will work for calls on your phone (otherwise it would be fairly useless) but only for Google Voice calls. You device will be assigned a different number. That is, unless you're with Sprint.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2010
    Agreed with what eyoungren said above. Port your current provider phone number to GV, and then get a default number from your provider for your existing line. Then, get an App like the official GV app or Talkatone app, and with GV having your "known" number, any texts or calls to the "known" number will come through the phone through the App.

    The only caveat is you would have to remember to make calls and start text conversations in the App, and not in the Apple default apps (Message or Phone). But that's a small price to pay, really.

    The other tricky part would be how to coordinate the phone number transfer, as when you transfer the phone number away from your carrier to GV, I think by default the carriers assume you are cancelling the line, and may shut off service, and try to charge you an ETF if you are still under contract. But, if you did it the other way, and asked for a new dummy phone number on the line before doing the port to GV, then you might lose your number, as they would give it back to the pool, when assigning you the new number. Personally, I would port it to GV first, and then call the carrier up as soon as you see the port go through, and tell them you are not cancelling the line, but you just want a different system assigned phone number, and to turn the service back on, as you want to keep the service and fulfill your contract terms.
  7. macrumors 68040

    Jul 2, 2012
    If you route the text through your provider number you will get charged. No way around this.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
  9. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2012
    No not without a third party app because if you actually port it to GV then you are moving from your carrier.


    This person is correct in terms of porting
  10. macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2012
    I will mention this for what it is worth, you can also have texts sent to your Google Voice number sent to your email, like Gmail, and you can reply to the texts from email as well. I did this for a while, and it worked very nicely and I did not need the Google Voice App.

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