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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:

  • Parsian
    im on a monthly plan, will this allow me to just make and receive call via my existing phone number as long as im connected to the internet?

    If so, what is the equivalent in data usage for 300 minutes of chit chat?
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  • alyoshka
    Bye Bye Bye to the phones now.... :)
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  • so my only problem is i have to cancel my current provider, then get a new provider or go back to my previous provider? why so completed? and were still not even able to receive picture messages, so its really not worth all the trouble, might as well keep my two numbers.
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  • hoofhearted
    Wouldn't people be able to couple this with Skype, get Skype in and out for around $100 / year, switch over to Verizon unlimited data for $30 a month and basically have unlimited talking without incurring any minute fees (pick the lowest minute plan available)?

    Am I missing something?
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  • hoofhearted
    I am curious what the current termination fee is for AT&T and if people start jumping ship to Google voice that AT&T will jack this fee up drastically.
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  • fishy8082
    someone needs to filter out idiots like this. sounds like a filter for anything with nike, jordon, or prada combined with a $ and a hyperlink needs to be put directly in the trash

    var x;
    var arraypost = ;

    arraypost = post.split(' ');
    for (x = 0; x < arraypost.length; x++)
    {
    if (arraypost == 'prada' || arraypost = 'nike' || arraypost == 'jordon')
    {
    delete this stupid post//stupid POS;
    break;
    }
    }
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  • hoofhearted
    or just create an additive ip domain filter. ie get the ip address of the spamer, run it against a whois servive, then block the whole subdomain.
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