Google Voice introduces a new major feature: Number Porting

Google Voice introduces a new major feature: Number Porting

Summary: Google Voice just released a feature that allows you to port a number you have had for years to your Google Voice account! Continue reading to find out what all this entails.

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Today (1/25/11), the Google Mobile blog announced a new feature it has gone live with called "Number Porting." In a nutshell, this feature allows you to convert a number you have directly with you carrier into a Google Voice number. The benefit of this is now being able to take advantage of Google Voice's myriad features with the phone number you've undoubtedly had for years! It seems like a fairly straight-forward process, but it's not free. Watch the following video for an explanation of how Number Porting works:

If you are unable to watch the video above, the process of Number Porting is roughly as follows:

1 - Log in to your Google Voice account, visit "Settings" and click on "Change /Port" as located next to your Google Voice number.

2 - Once the number has been ported, your mobile service plan will be canceled. You will then have to purchase a new mobile plan from your provider which means you will have a new mobile phone number.

3 - You take your new phone number and tie it to your Google Voice account. Once complete, the number you ported will now ring through to all the services you choose that are available to you from Google Voice's features!

As for cost, it will run you $20 to port your number to Google Voice and the porting process is "usually completed with 24 hours." Additionally, Google warns that early termination fees may apply with your provider. Number Porting is noted as being available now for all existing Google Voice users and will be opened to new users "within the next few weeks."

What do you think? Do you see yourself porting the phone number you've had for years to your Google Voice account or do you not trust the longevity of the service enough to make such a permanent step? I have my reservations at the moment but I absolutely see the potential in this! How about you?

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Topics: Google, Browser, Mobility, Wi-Fi

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  • Awesome!

    NICE! TY for the choice Google! that's the only good thing about Android, the GV integration..
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Google Voice introduces a new major feature: Number Porting

      Exactly. I thought the service is just to search on Google.
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  • ETF Warning! Don't do this without doing your research!

    Google warns that you may well break your contract by doing this and have to pay an early termination fee. Please read the fine print on this before telling people how to do it. Danger Will Robinson!
    ArtInvent
    • RE: Google Voice introduces a new major feature: Number Porting

      @ArtInvent Thanks for looking out for everyone! I've updated the article accordingly (it takes a few minutes, so if you don't see the change, it's coming shortly). :) <br><br>-Stephen
      StephenChapman
  • RE: Google Voice introduces a new major feature: Number Porting

    Does this mean free txt messages?
    truethug
    • RE: Google Voice introduces a new major feature: Number Porting

      @truethug No. Did you read number 2 and 3 in the article? All it means is you don't have to give out a different number to people, you can convert your current carrier number to being your Google Voice number. You'll still have to get a new number from your carrier and forward your GV to it. You just won't give out that new number--<br>My only question is what will this do to my old/current Google Voice number? The one I've been trying to get your family/friends to switch to!
      mjp33
    • RE: Google Voice introduces a new major feature: Number Porting

      @truethug
      That's the only reason I use Google Voice, free txt!!
      Hasam1991
  • RE: Google Voice introduces a new major feature: Number Porting

    IPod touch and MiFi here I come!
    VRSpock
  • Can you do it the other way????

    Such as get a new number from your service provider first without a phone contract, then port that number to GV and use your existing number. That way you can avoid any termination fees. Would that work?
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  • RE: Google Voice introduces a new major feature: Number Porting

    I would like to "protect" my number. I've had it for 40 years. I also intend to move when I retire. It would be great to have that same old number in my new location. I don't want to lose my ten year old cell phone plan either. If there was a way to port my number to Google Voice without losing my plan, I would. Maybe Google could work with the carriers to change numbers, then port, and save the plan. Of course there's no financial inducement for the carriers to do so.
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