Thank you everyone for responding.
In a nut shell, I want to set up a Google Voice phone number such that when the GV is called it is patched through to my RW cell phone. I’ve had the RW number for…maybe four years +. The phone I have now is a Samsung Edge S7, upgraded from my Moto G. Wow, what a difference in so many ways. I have been able to get a Google Voice number, but only if it’s linked to my Comcast VoiP landline.
The specific step that I get stopped on is when I enter my RW number, the last screen shot that Rolandh captured during his “test”. When I press NEXT, I then receive the message (posted in my initial post) that the number can’t be used. I had first tried the set up via my desktop browser (Linux-Debian, Firefox), then directly from my phone and it’s browser. The last attempt was through the Google App after getting it through Google Play. All attempts have been unsuccessful so far. Weird that those who have tried have been able to so without issue.
It is not that I am able to receive the “code”, I am unable to enter my RW number and have it accepted by Google before receiving the message that the number can not be used. One thing that I just thought of, before I continue I’m going verify that I haven’t already linked an old gmail account/ GV to my RW number. If I did, it must have been a long time ago and I’ve completely forgotten that I’ve done so. But…the older that I’ve become there is something that is the first to go, but I forget what it is…ha ha.
So I’m now going to verify that the number isn’t already linked and post the results.
Thanks again everyone.