I have two Google Voice accounts at present, one for personal use, which has been my main personal phone number for a few years now, and one for work which I acquired several months ago figuring it would let me use the same number whether I continued to carry my work BlackBerry or just went with a single phone.
It works OK at present; I have both Google Voice accounts ringing the same phone. However, that's only possible with GV if the forwarding phone is set up on one of the accounts as a non-mobile number, which means that SMS and SMS notification of voice mail won't work with it. So I can't text using my work line or get work VM unless I have my BlackBerry on me, which has been an annoyance on several occasions.
So I'm finally getting a "real" smartphone (Moto X through Ting) so I think I want to quit carrying two phones, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about this. I'd rather keep both my GV accounts than have to tell any of my contacts new numbers. So it seems that the easiest way to handle this would be to port my personal GV number to Ting and just use that as the main phone line on the new phone, and then set up the Google Voice app on the phone to use the work account. Then I could do personal calling & texting from the standard Android apps and use the GV app for work calling and texting.
In one way this would be better, as I would be able to fully utilize the work line and be sure I wasn't missing anything. The big drawback for me would be losing Google Voice for handling texts and voice mail on my personal line. I don't text a lot, but since with Google Voice it would cost me effectively nothing as the data use is negligible, it would represent a ~25% increase in my Ting bill. And I'd miss the visual voice mail and automatic transcription in Google Voice as well.
Any thoughts on slick solutions here?