Yesterday, we told you that Google Voice was offering number porting on a beta or trial basis to select users. Today, the company announced that the program is a full go and now available to all existing Google Voice users.
What does this mean to you? You can now make your mobile number your Google Voice number. Why would anyone wanna do that? Simple, it’s probably the number that everyone has stored in their phonebook, so you won’t have to go through the painstaking process of letting everyone and their mother know you’ve got a new telephone number. In other words, your mobile number will be able to ring all your other phones and you won’t miss those ultra important calls by changing your number. Plus you’ll have all the flexiblity and features of Google Voice which includes free text messages and transposed voice mail to email.
To get started with Google’s Number Porting, log in to your Google Voice account, visit the Settings page and click on “Change / Port” next to your Google Voice number. Next, you’ll be prompted to pay a one time $20 fee. After that, Google will handle the rest. Now, keep in mind that doing this will CANCEL your mobile phone provider’s contract. So unless you’re out of your 2-year obligation, you might be charged an early cancellation fee, which can run up to $300+.
Of note, word is that AT&T will soon change the pricing structure of their TXT message service, which should allow you to break your contract fee free, but that change has yet to be announced.
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