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Google Makes Number Porting for Voice Official

Last week, word got out that Google Voice users were seeing the option of porting their own phone number. Google quickly clarified that this was a feature that was just being tested and not everyone would have access it right away; the feature then disappeared for some people.

Now it seems Google is ready to reveal all. Writing in a blog post published earlier, Google’s Robert Dong announced that users can expect to see number porting as a feature today.

"One of the most frequent requests we hear from people who use (or want to use) Google Voice is that they’d like to get all of Google Voice’s features without having to give up their long-time phone numbers," Dong said.

"Today, we’re excited to announce that Number Porting is available for all existing Google Voice users," he added. "This means you can make the mobile number you’ve always used your Google Voice number, so it can ring any phone you want—or even your computer."

As we reported last week, porting your number costs $20. However, you could also incur charges from your carrier for terminating your contract. You’ll also have to sign up for a new plan, so this probably isn’t an option for those on plans they could no longer get with a new contract (we’re looking at you, AT&T users with grandfathered in unlimited data).

Check out Google’s video on number porting below for more info: