Google Voice, the currently US only based telephone service from Google, has announced that it will be allowing users to use their own number to collect messages rather than having to use a dedicated Google number.

"Up until now, if you wanted to use Google Voice, you needed to choose a new number (a "Google number"). Taking calls through your Google number allows us to offer features like call recording, call screening and getting text messages via email", Craig Walker, Vincent Paquet & Pierre Lebeau, product managers said in a blog post.

Clearly struggling to convince people to change their number to a "Google number" the service, which is free for all national calls, now lets you "have the choice to get Google Voice with your existing mobile number OR with a Google number".

Google Voice users need to just log in and change their settings for the new feature to take effect.