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Google Voice Number Porting is Official, Here is a Video Explanation

Google Voice number porting isn’t exactly new, we wrote about it 5 days ago, but today it became a little more official.  The Google team even tossed together a quick little video to help  get your number ported over and service back up and running.

We’d like to remind you all though, that by porting over your number, you’ll be cancelling your contract with your current carrier.  This could result in some unwanted fees, so proceed with caution.  Most of you will want to wait until your contract is up before going this route.  If you want to have your same phone number forever though, this is something to consider.  


Via:  Google Voice Blog

  • Anonymous

    I’m still not sure how exactly porting my number to Google Voice would actually help me out. I currently use Verizon and have GV but use it mainly to text from the computer using my GV number. If I ported my number, I would still have to get cell service with another provider right??? I’m just don’t understand how exactly this would really help. Doh….

  • Rhinoj

    I ported my landline number to Verizon ($10 vs. $49 per month). Now I would like to port that number to Google Voice so that I can continue to use it as a landline number. Google voice does not seem to be able to provide this service with all area codes yet as none of my Verizon numbers will port except the one with a different area code.

  • I just got off the phone with Verizon and besides the fact that they don’t know what Google Voice is, there doesn’t appear to be a way around canceling your existing account… unbelievable really. I have a family plan for my wife and I. I did find out that if you do plan to bite the bullet and pay the cancellation fee, then you should make sure whatever number you leave behind (my wife’s in my case) is the primary on the account. Apparently if you don’t, then that number will be billed directly for all minutes and texts used on the family share account…sounds like a nightmare.

    Long story short, I can port my number to Google Voice for $105 (cancel fee) + $20 (google fee) + Pain in my ass. $125 to port today or wait until November when my contract expires. Hmmmm

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t understand what Google voice is useful for. Didn’t they make it to where you can’t save minutes and undercut Verizon? So then what’s the point? When I was using it it seemed slower for people to get my texts. And the interface was just awful. It seemed to randomly arrange my conversations, even splitting up conversations with the same person. Has nobody else noticed that?

    • Romma1

      It could come in handy.. Maybe you do not want to give out your regular number to certain people. Give them your Google Voice, and tcall them from your Google voice to help protect your identity, and privacy.

      This is only one instance it can be used for.

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  • I like having my Google Voice number separate. I can give it out more willingly or use it in things like Cragislist sales. This way, some dude does not have my personal number.

  • Typohunter

    I still have the problem of delayed (about 30 min to an hour) TEXT messages from my friends when they try to send a message to my Google Voice number. Anyone else having this problem?

  • Typohunter

    I still have the problem of delayed (about 30 min to an hour) TEXT messages from my friends when they try to send a message to my Google Voice number. Anyone else having this problem?

    • maybe 30 sec, but no T-Mo, AT&T, VZ, Sprint, all seem to be able to to txt me (I can text them) with no problem. Voicemail transcription is funny though (both meanings of the word).

  • Thanks for getting us informed about porting our numbers to Google Voice and the risk of terminating our contracts with our current carrier. This really serves as a warning. But when I watched the video, I realize how great Google Voice’s feature is. Terrific! I even forgot the risks. Anyways, I’ll have to review every little detail about Google Voice to know how I can greatly benefit from it.

  • The350zWolf

    Porting your mobile phone number will only make sense if you use it as a business number or you have had your mobile number for a long, long time, otherwise, just get the free google number, make this number your “official number” and then just forward all of your other phones to google voice. Your free google number will be yours forever (or until you cancel your google voice account) regardless of which carrier or other landline phone numbers you have or get.

  • I like it, I already use this especially if I’m sitting at the computer working on a clients computer while they are on the one the phone. I have been told more than one that clarity is amazing.

  • teschall

    I ported my number over on Friday afternoon and the port was complete by noon on Saturday. No problems at all. Verizon still has not released my old device ESN yet but I’m sure they will figure it out sooner or later. Google voice is awesome. I did learn a lesson the hard way though. When you dial a number, make sure you use the area code. Otherwise the call won’t go through Google Voice, it will go through your carrier.

  • Anonymous

    it sound complicated… : /

  • Anonymous

    Unless you change your cell number often, I don’t see any benefit to porting your number. I’ll just keep my current cell as a forwarding number for my google voice number.

  • phantom6294

    Surely… somehow… someway… a number can be transferred/ported so as to not cause a termination of service. I’m holding out hope here as my wife doesn’t want to give up / change her number, but we’re under contract until June ’12.

    • I read somewhere else the way to get around the termination fees is to call your carrier and have them change your number, then you can port your number (the one you want to keep) into Google Voice to use it there. Although I haven’t tried it yet, so I am not sure if this method works…

      • An_IT_Guy

        Actually, you have to port it first, but talk with your carrier before doing so. If you change your number, the number you want to port usually goes into a sort of recycle bin where it can’t be used for a certain period of time. I’ve done this process for my company with porting a Nextel number to AT&T and then giving the Nextel a new number.

        Note that if you have a SIM card, you will need a new SIM card as once it’s removed from the system, it can’t be reused. (From what I have been told)

        By letting your carrier know what you are planning ahead of time, they should be able to waive any ETFs and other than a new SIM and your number going to any phone you want it to, you shouldn’t see more than an hour down time if you were properly prepared.

  • Anonymous

    This will come in handy when I switch from Verizon……. when they charge me an absurd amount for what I already have

    • Dave

      Or you can just port your number from Verizon to AT&T so that they can charge you an absurd amount for less than you already have.

      I don’t understand the draw of porting my mobile number to Google Voice. Maybe when Google finally comes online with VoIP to sit behind their Google Voice I can understand, but until then…

      • They have been doing VoIP for a while…. You can make phone calls on gmail.

  • andrew8806

    What happens to your data?

    • Jkhjkh

      data service***

      • Mendobendo

        You would only get wifi.

  • Anonymous

    Very cool, only problem as I see it is if you use “in network minutes with friends and family” If I port my original number and everyone calls that, it will start to count against my minute alotment per month rather than my unlimited in network minutes.

    • Sholtkamp32

      you could set your phone number as one of the ten lines that you get free calling to. IF you have that option. Then the only bad thing would be all calls coming in from google voice would show up as your number.

  • Markduenas