Google (News - Alert) has revealed in a press release, that it will be offering a number porting feature to be used by Google Voice. Google Voice enables customers to use only one number that can reach you anywhere, online voicemail which delivers written messages directly to your inbox, and free calls and text messages anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. This added service will come at an additional $20 cost to customers.
The number porting feature works through routing a user’s calls to any number previously chosen. It even includes voicemail, and text messaging.
Previously, Google Voice required users to use its own number. No one could use their current working number, causing quite an upheaval. If customers chose to use Google Voice, they were forced to take on the arduous task of getting in touch with everyone they know to tell them they had a new phone number. Google quickly learned that the customer’s biggest request was to receive all of Google Voice’s features yet keep their original number.
A huge drawback to the number porting option is that it requires users to cancel their current mobile plan to have the number ported. Assigning the number to Google without telling your mobile provider first- is a big no-no, as Verizon (News - Alert) or AT&T will then think you're canceling your plan.
If you have a valid, signed contract, the phone company is going to charge you a cancellation fee. Those fees can cost hundreds of dollars depending on the phone plan you have and how much time remains until your contract expires, for example Verizon's fee for smartphones is $350, while AT&T's (News - Alert) is $325.
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Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jamie Epstein