Even if you’re not interested in protecting yourself while dating online, you’re going to want a Google Voice phone number.
Once the other person accepts, both individuals are assigned unique numbers that allow them to call one another without revealing either person’s actual phone number.
The feature in addition to the call forwarding that’s important for online dating is the ability to block any caller you want or send them to your voicemail (which you can check online by the way).
Because of these two features you can give your Google Voice number out with any fear. The biggest hurdle as far as I can see in the whole process is waiting for your invitation.
As a subscriber, if a match Talk user initiates a connection with you, you can accept the request and talk freely with that one member.
However, to initiate a new match Talk connection with any other member you would have to purchase the match Talk add-on.