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Google Voice Now Allows Phone Number Porting

We don’t know how long this will last or to how many users this option was made available, but Google Voice is currently allowing people to port over their phone numbers into their system.  What exactly does that mean?  That you can take your current phone number from say AT&T, port it into Google Voice, change to Verizon, forward the number they give you to Google Voice, and never have to tell your friends that you have a new number because it has been ported.  You can essentially “own” your phone number for the rest of your life.

In order to do this, you will have to pay a one-time $20 fee, but more importantly, may face termination fees from your current carrier.  I wouldn’t suggest that any of you do this right now, but instead wait until your contract is up.  At that time, it may be a good idea so that you can lock in your number forever, but again, NOT in the middle of a contract.

We’re seeing rumors suggesting that the option may have disappeared, but as you can see from the screenshot I just took 5 minutes ago, it is definitely still live.  If you are a Google Voice customer, then head into your account, choose Settings>Voice Settings>Change/Port to get started.

Cheers Mike!

  • http://www.internationaltollfree.co.uk/japan-tollfree-number/ japan toll free number

    Can i get to this to work with any number that you wish?

  • googled

    This is legit as I have an offer. I cannot imagine needing this unless I moved across the country and wanted to keep a local number for friends and relatives. Now if they would start allowing land-line portability they would have a stampede.(The loss of search revenues from the land-line companies, with a move like that, makes land-line portability bad for business.)

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t look like I can port a landline number though.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J4W7LSWCOLJA7B2TTKOTNCQ2UI Abba Dala

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J4W7LSWCOLJA7B2TTKOTNCQ2UI Abba Dala

    http://img25.imageshack.us/i/googlevoice.png/
    this is the screen you come to if you can port your number. this option is only available to people who have had google voice from a certain point in time from when they offered this service originally.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J4W7LSWCOLJA7B2TTKOTNCQ2UI Abba Dala

    http://imageshack.usImageShack.us
    this is the screen you come to if you can port your number. this option is only available to people who have had google voice from a certain point in time from when they offered this service originally.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J4W7LSWCOLJA7B2TTKOTNCQ2UI Abba Dala

    google stil scares me a little with their government affiliations, they seem to be encroaching on many markets in this capitalist economy with little to no governement pushback or interference. Google provides good services but i believe that they sell your data and are willing to share your information with the governement and other companies for profit. there is upside as they provide services that are normally reliable but the information thing scares me a little.

  • Anonymous

    doesn’t work with my #

  • http://www.facebook.com/maurice.uzan Maurice Uzan

    What about us in Canada!!!?!?!?!?!? At least tell us the service will never come instead of ignoring us!!

  • http://www.mobi-source.com/j2me.php j2me development

    I use Google Voice service on my Blackberry which sounds like a bad decision of mine because there were lots of problems in it like SMS messages coming from 406 numbers even though I know that’s not the address of the sender.

  • Anonymous

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  • Jawshua

    Well that its awesome, I’m definitely going to do that!

  • Anonymous

    I just wish google voice would support mms, its the only thing keeping me from switching over completely, doesn’t make sense to have to give out 2 numbers 1 for calls and sms and one for mms

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  • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

    It’s still being tested by Google and is not yet available to everyone. From Google: “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.”

    Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/19/google-voice-now-lets-you-port-your-own-phone-number/

  • Tcfiero

    Checked several hours ago and it was not available. Just checked a couple of minutes ago and it was available.

  • eddieonofre

    someone enlighte me here plz
    so once my contract is over I can port my number to googlve voice right?? this means I can’t renew my contract with my mobile carrier (Verizon) so in order to keep my cellphone I will have to get a new number with my mobile carrier right??
    SO what will happen with my current GV number??? Double rerouting??? (From caller to my old GV which reroutes to my new GV wich then reroutes to my selected phones)??

  • PersianDeity

    well, if you have VZW you could port the number out, call VZW (1-800-922-0204) and have them reactivate your account with a new number; and as long as you do it within 60 days there’s no fee’s… They may run another credit check to re-activate the account under your name (needing full social and drivers licence number of account owner). But I believe this is just to insure that the person who the social belongs to is actually the one wanting to reactivate the account… That way your main number could be your Google voice number being forwarded where you see fit without switching to Google voice and having to tell everyone a new number… Hope that helps!

    • PersianDeity

      (no fee’s: no fee’s or early termination fee’s…)

  • Souperavram

    Sorry, but you really missed the boat with this one. You can already port from carrier to carrier, so what is the point of porting an at&t number to Google so you don’t have to give out your new verizonwireless number, just port it to verizonwireless.

    This really only makes sense for those people who still have a landline active to keep the number active. Most likely they would already be forwarding these calls to the cell or Google number. Now they can port the landline number to googlee and no longer have to pay for a landline.

    • Anonymous

      Free texting, google Voicemail, otherwise known as giving all the features exclusive to google voice numbers to your number. If you ever get a new phone and have two people will still call the single number, and if you change carriers you don’t have the wait time associated with porting (if you change multiple times, otherwise a moot point).

      Also you can’t move landline numbers.

      • Anonymous

        Puzzle Shot, think you are wrong…

        “wait time associated with porting” is usually an hour or less, have ported my phone from ATT to T-Mobile and now to VZW.

        “Also you can’t move land line numbers” I ported my land line number to cell phones last year for $5 a month. on a VZW family plan and got a free phone for them.

        • Anonymous

          Cannot port landline numbers to google voice.

          Port time can be up to 24 hours if I remember correctly

    • Anonymous

      Free texting, google Voicemail, otherwise known as giving all the features exclusive to google voice numbers to your number. If you ever get a new phone and have two people will still call the single number, and if you change carriers you don’t have the wait time associated with porting (if you change multiple times, otherwise a moot point).

      Also you can’t move landline numbers.

    • Vellan Lear

      Actually, what this could allow you to do is, say, drop the phone completely and use Google voice on your tablet…though in the beginning I’m not sure if there would be enough “non carrier” coverage for it to work as a phone everywhere…but I see that changing over time…

      Would you dump cell coverage if you could just carry around a tablet and be carrier free as long as you had coverage?

  • http://www.facebook.com/silkyjay82 John Cantrell

    It still shows in my account, I like this idea!!!!

  • Jimw31

    Can not port landlines :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darius-M-Clark/1420215236 Darius M. Clark

    Great!! oh wait. you still need a number to forward it to right?

  • Mii

    I wouldn’t see why this voids your contract. or why they would charge for it. The number people would have to know is your Google voice number and when you changed numbers you just re hook up your google voice number to your new phone, simply seems the same as just changing the carrier option they had in your options, i kept my google voice number from verizon to sprint when i changed a few months back

    • PersianDeity

      This is for people who didn’t have Google voice before, or for people who had most of their friends/fam/coworkers that still mainly had their cellphone number and only a handful of people calling their new Google voice number… This way they can switch all call’s to Google voice without having to tell anybody they have Google voice…

  • The350zWolf

    I have the porting option active. Great stuff Google! :^)

  • Fallsgable

    I mentioned this YESTERDAY on the IRC support forum….my friend at Google was going to port numbers for me, but I couldn’t figure out a way to make it worth it…yet….waiting for my contract to expire…

  • bibbyboi

    I was going to try but then i realized it probably still won’t work due to my 808 area code. :( .

  • http://twitter.com/JenningsChrist Chris Jennings

    It says that my number cannot be ported. It’s just a regular VZW mobile number. Oh well.

  • irieIT

    and so google makes it’s first blatant move to out carriers — I approve.

  • Anonymous

    Mine has port available as well. It did not this morning.

  • Anonymous

    Mine has port available as well. It did not this morning.

  • http://twitter.com/RageXicity Mike Rage

    Take THAT Carriers!!

  • http://twitter.com/RageXicity Mike Rage

    Take THAT Carriers!!