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Google Tests Google Voice Number Porting

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Some Google Voice users noticed a feature that appeared in their accounts called Number Porting. This means adding your existing number to Google Voice, as opposed to having to use a new phone number entirely for the service, which users have had to do up until this point. 

The feature is evidently only being tested for the time being, but will could go mainstream in the future. If you don’t have to get a new number, there’s a much bigger incentive to use Google Voice…that is if you don’t mind paying the price.   

Google Voice Testing Number PortingGoogle requires users who have access to the feature to pay $20 via Google Checkout (another way to sneak in use of that service), then verify their phones. Google also tell users that their mobile phone service plan will be terminated when they port their number to Google Voice, which could result in an early termination fee from users’ existing carriers.  (see screenshot here)

Don’t take this to mean that the feature makes Google your new carrier though, because you have to setup a new mobile phone service plan with your existing carrier (or a new carrier and request a new number. That number will have to be added to your Google Voice account as a forwarding phone. 

Furthermore, you won’t be able to receive text messages for up to three business days after the porting process is complete. 

The official statement Google has been giving reporters says: 

"We’re continually testing new features to enhance the user experience. For a limited amount of time, we’re making the Google Voice number porting process available to users. We don’t have any additional details to share at this time, but plan to offer this feature to all users in the near future."

(Hat Tip: AOL Tech)

Use Your Existing Number For Google Voice, But Pay Generously For It
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  • http://rhodeislanddivorcemediation.com Mike A.

    I can’t really see the point of this. Seems to be more downside than up.

  • http://www.ourbigadventure.com Chris

    This is great! Now I can dump my home phone line without having to change my number with every utility service and credit card account I have! Plus I still don’t have to give out my cell number and I can mark all of those political callers as spam!

  • shilekia joplin

    New phone number

  • shilekia joplin

    Add new number

  • shilekia joplin

    add new numbe to my line

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