Google Voice - One phone number to rule them all

January 26, 2011

It was announced on Tuesday that number porting, a frequently requested feature, was now available for all Google Voice users. I know that many of you are shaking your head and wondering, okay, what's the big deal? Well, the neat thing about Google Voice is that it is chock full of useful / free features including: web-based unified voicemail, call screening, conference calling, free text messages, and the ability to have a single phone number. The magic happens when you use your single phone number to "follow" you wherever you may be...essentially one phone number to ring any phone (your cellphone, office line, home phone, etc.) that you wish.

Prior to number porting, Google Voice users would have to maintain at least two phone numbers -- their Google Voice number and their existing cellphone number. With number porting enabled, you can use your mobile number as your Google Voice number. You get the benefit of being able to keep your number and access all of the amazing free features of Google Voice.

There are some caveats to the number porting process. It costs $20, takes 24 hours to process, and you may incur additional charges from your wireless provider. You should definitely check with your carrier before you start porting. Note that "after porting your number to Google Voice your mobile service plan will be cancelled." I'm personally going to wait a little while to see how things go for the number porting crowd.

Are you an existing Google Voice user? Are you going to utilize number porting so that you can have one number to rule them all?

My Google Voice number is (541) 946-3742, feel free to leave me a voicemail after the beep.

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