Port your existing mobile number to Google Voice

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | 10:03 AM

(Cross-posted from the Google Voice Blog)

867-5309 could be one of the most iconic phone numbers of all time, but it’s not the only number that a lot of us remember by heart. Many of us have a phone number that we've shared with family, friends, and contacts over the years and are reluctant to let go.

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.

Today, we’re excited to announce that Number Porting is available for all existing Google Voice users. 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.



To get started with Number Porting, log in to your Google Voice account, visit the Settings page and click on “Change / Port” next to your Google Voice number.



Porting your number to Google Voice costs $20 and is usually completed within 24 hours. You may incur additional charges, including early termination fees, from your wireless carrier. Contact your carrier to get more details about the charges applicable to you.

After porting your number to Google Voice your mobile service plan will be cancelled, and there are a couple of steps that you’ll have to take to continue making and receiving calls on your mobile device. For more detailed instructions on how Number Porting works and to find tips for making the process as smooth as possible, visit the Google Voice Help Center.

Number Porting is currently available for existing Google Voice users and will become available to new users within the next few weeks, and at this time, Google Voice is available in the U.S. only



Update (1:15PM): Included more details about the porting process.

30 comments:

Vincent said...

Yet it still doesn't work in Canada !!!

mrinal singh said...

When will it come to India?? Eagerly waiting for it :):):)

Daniel said...

What's the best way to do this without getting a early termination fee from the carriers? I still need their service, so I shouldn't have to pay an ETF.

We are "Three Men in a Boat" said...

If I did this on AT&T, would my GV number be compatible with mobile-to-mobile calling discounts, or A-List (Circle of Friends)?

The Vent said...

@Daniel - Just have them change your number after you port - unless you're actually canceling your carrier servie.

Bruno Ortega said...

When will it come to Venezuela..? we are waiting for it..!

Colin Surprenant said...

please make voice work in Canada. Give us an ETA.

Simon said...

Please open up for non-US accounts... Don't be evil

Mr. Entropy said...

Will this feature be made available to landline phone numbers?

Pyngwie said...

Please open google voice to non-US users! We'd love to have it in Italy!

Adam Pawley said...

What about an actual Google Voice phone? Like a web phone?

James said...

Why isn't this available to wired-line numbers?

Koen said...

When is Google voice coming to Holland and the rest of the EU??? I think this whould be so cool!!

Doug Simmons said...

Hi. I want to say finally but instead I'll say thank you.

Question: Since I've got a Nexus S and I'm using T-Mobile, both out of love for Google and Google loves that phone and carrier ... do I get a freebie on the ETF?

J said...

Really! New features for them but nothing but through Gmail for Canada...We know you can do it...so just do it already!! What are you afraid of??

نواف الغامدي said...

Please bring it to Saudi Arabia

Anthony said...

when is this coming to the uk ???

Neil Deadman said...

Very eager to get this in the UK!! :D

Please tell us when!!

Libelcom said...

When is this coming to the Netherlands? Need to know when!:-)

tanabra2000 said...

I don't want to risk my current service. Google voice talk does sound really good! I could use it!

Ken said...

When will this come to Hard Line Home numbers ?

Rossiboy said...

Please add New Zealand to your list!

chris said...

Over six months ago you announced "Google Voice for everyone" - its still not available / completely working in Sweden. We are waiting too.

Ross said...

My blackberry usb connector is damaged. I downloaded Google Sync and saved all of my contacts.

Thanks, guys, you rock.

Phlegm said...

please make voice work in Canada.

Otto said...

When is it coming to CANADA?? Please it would be really nice and helpful

yumbrad said...

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Rahul said...

M looking 4 it in India ..

Emo LeBlanc || Country Recording Artist said...

I would love to see Google voice give Skype a run for their money but then again that would be competing against yourself !

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