Sprint will now allow its customers to set their existing wireless number as their Google Voice number, free of charge. In the past, such an action has cost users porting charges (and the trouble of cancelling and re-subscribing with a new number), making Sprint the first and only wireless carrier to offer the service for free. It will be made available to Sprint customers who are using CDMA wireless phones.
By integrating their numbers with Google Voice, users can be reached through any number of phones — house, office, wireless — through a single number. Google Voice does have intelligent call routing, however, allowing customers to program what phone does or does not receive certain calls, depending on the caller. If your boss calls, Google Voice allows you to program the number so only your office phone rings, while calls from your friends only get routed to your cell phone.
Google Voice offers a number of other features, like transcribed voicemails that can be read or listened to through Google, as well as the ability to send, read, and search text messages and call logs online.
No word yet on when Google Voice integration will be made available to Sprint customers; the wireless carrier said only that it will be available “soon” on all Sprint CDMA phones.