Google Voice temporarily allowed porting mobile numbers

If you happened to be hanging around the Google Voice site last night, you might have been able to port your own mobile phone number for $20. That window has since closed...for now.

If you happened to be hanging around the Google Voice site last night, you might have been able to port your own mobile phone number for $20. That window has since closed...for now.

As depicted in the screenshot above from Engadget, users could port their phone numbers, which would inevitably terminate whatever service plan you have and likely (definitely) result in early termination fees. But hey, at least you could hold onto your same phone number!

Now, Google has backtracked. If you go to the same page now, you'll find a typical 404 Not Found error page. Lame. But the Goog insists that this program is still in test mode, which means we could see it again in the future. It seems like a useful and practical feature for Google Voice to have anyway. It would surely save time and annoyance when trying to port a phone number over the phone or in-store with customer service reps.

Would you take advantage of this feature of it reappears with Google Voice?

[Image via Engadget]