Google Voice: Port Your Number & Keep Old One
Changing numbers can be a real pain in the neck. No matter how many group texts, emails, or Facebook updates you issue, you can pretty much guarantee someone will try and contact you via your old phone number long after you’ve switched. Sometimes the hassle is enough to deter you from switching. Google addressed this issue in January by allowing Google Voice users to port their own number and use it instead of the Google Voice number they received when they signed up for the service.
While most people availing of this service were likely thrilled to have the option of returning to their much loved and well-known number, it presented a new issue for those who had slowly begun to adopt their Google Voice number as their main contact number. After 90 days, anyone contacting that number would no longer be able to reach them, as it would have been returned to Google.
Today, the Google Voice team is rectifying that issue. People changing their Google Voice number, porting their number to Google Voice, or utilizing Sprint/Google Voice integration can now keep their old number for a one-time fee of $20.
“Since many Google Voice users grow attached and become closely associated with their Google Voice numbers, we’re making it possible for users in any of the scenarios above to permanently keep the previous Google Voice number on their account,” writes Google engineer Eugene Goldfarb. “This means that calls made and text messages sent to your previous number will still reach you, however, your new primary Google Voice number will display on caller ID when you make calls or send text messages.”
Outgoing messages and calls will register as coming from your new number, but any replies or calls sent to your old number will still be received. To hold onto an old number, log in to Google Voice, go to Settings and hit the “make permanent” option next to the number that you want to hang on to. Easy!