In its latest bid to become a bigger player in telecommunications, Google Inc. is giving people a chance to send their cell-phone calls into a free voice-mail service unveiled earlier this year, without having the sign up for a new number, reports the Associated Press. The voice-mail feature is part of Google Voice, a fledging service striving to become a hub for phone calls to people’s mobile, home, and office numbers. Taking advantage of all of its tools requires getting a new number from Google Voice, a leap that many people aren’t ready to make. So Google has come up with a way to tie existing mobile phone numbers to its voice-mail service. The process requires a few steps outlined at www.google.com/voice. "We see this as a perfect step for getting familiar with Google Voice without a lot of change," said Vincent Paquet, a senior product manager. The caveat: People choosing to stick with their existing phone numbers won’t be able to take advantage of all Google Voice features, such as directing calls to a home or office number. But the voice-mail option will provide more bells and whistles than what most major mobile phone carriers offer in their standard packages, such as automatic message transcription and customized greetings for frequent callers…

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