When you sign up for Google Voice, you get to choose a number from the million-or-so numbers Google has reserved. You can search for numbers by zip code or by letters of text spelled out on the keypad within a number.
This Instructible shows you how to get an all-letters phone number that spells a compound word/phrase. As of this writing, some examples of available numbers are:
Step 1: Get a Google Voice Invite
Step 2: Activate Link / Open Browser Tabs
In other browser tabs/windows, open the following pages:
A list of area codes in the US
A cool utility to find words that can be formed with different combinations of numbers
A picture of the phone keypad with letters and numbers, for reference (you could also just pull out your phone)
Step 3: Get List of Useful Area Codes (or Choose Your Local Area Code)
Make your list of area codes by testing all the area codes shown on the website you opened in step (2) which do not contain numbers 0 or 1 (as these dont spell anything), and entering the numbers in Google's text search box. If Google returns phone numbers that are in the area code, then keep that number on your list.
Here is my list of numbers (7/19/09) (I also eliminated numbers that spell nothing - you can do this in the next step if you start from scratch)
224,234,252,256,262,267,269, 325, 334, 336, 339, 352, 423, 424, 432, 434, 435, 443, 484, 567, 585, 586, 636, 662, 682, 724, 765, 769, 772, 774, 775, 785, 828, 862, 864, 865, 937, 978
Step 4: Pick Potential Word(s) to Start Your Phone Number
Again, you can use a list of interesting words that I generated and skip the work:
Zero, vault, toast, prime, spice, spin, spicy, spike, sphinx, much, moan, odor, memorize(d), jump, lunar, Luke, lord, lost, huge, gift, help, helix, heir, heal, heavy, head, hair, gain, gag, ice, flake, flat, firm(est) elate, flag, flank, dew, deny, demi, edge, false, boy, any, cow, bow, box, amp, boss, copy(this), ample, cork, boast, Bob, blank, blame, class, clad, clan, bail, ache, acid
To give an example of how these words were chosen, see the image I attached searching phonespell for words corresponding to the '586' area code. Words that I like are 'lunar' 'jump' and 'kumquat'. I tried kumquat in GVoice and it completely failed. Jump and Lunar were both OK, and importantly, the words show up at the beginning of some phone numbers, not just embedded in the number.
Step 5: Fill Out Your Digits #1
Some words you will try will not work. For example, if I like the word sphinx, entering it in the box shows that the only numbers available fit the pattern (SPH)INX-0xxx. Since 0 doesnt spell anything, I wont choose any of these numbers.
Take words you like, and find the common digits that follow your word (other than those containing 0 and 1), and write them down. For an example, Ill start with LORD. I see that all the (useful) phone numbers starting with LORD are followed by one of the following combinations of digits: 849, 433, 432, as in:
Google tends to have blocks of sequential numbers, so it's possible that there will be a lot of flexibility in choosing the xxx's at the end.
Step 6: Fill Out Your Digits #2
We have 'LORD' and combinations of numbers that follow it. I enter each combination of numbers that follow into Phonespell.org to look for good words to fill out the last 6 digits of my new phone number.
I look at the lists of words that I get from my Phonespell searches, looking for a 6 letter word that I like. Keep in mind that you could also use a longer word/string of words, since most phones will accept any extra digits you dial at the end without causing a problem.
From my list, I would like to try the word 'HEAVEN'.
Step 7: Fill Out Your Digits #3
If it had failed, I might have tried to find out how many letters of the word I can get in GVoice (LORDHEA, LORDHEAV, LORDHEAVE,...) to see if there's a permutation of the word I like, or I can go back to steps 5 or 6 and try other candidates.
Once you finalize the steps on Google's form, you're done. Enjoy giving out your new memorable number!