Google Makes Voice Number Porting Available to All
Google today announced that all users of Google Voice will be able to port their existing wireless number from their carrier to Google Voice. The process costs $20 and takes about 24 hours to complete. Google reminds Google Voice users interested in porting their number that doing so will cancel their existing wireless contract, which may leave users responsible for early termination fees. Number porting will be available to new users in a few weeks.
Google Voice Gains New Lease On Life with Massive Overhaul
Google today introduced a wholly new version of Google Voice for Android, iOS, and the web. The calling, voicemail, and messaging platform has been overhauled from the ground up with a new design, new features, and a fresh commitment from Google to keep the service updated.
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
Google Search Speaks More than One Language at a Time
Google has improved the multilingual capabilities of its voice search feature. The latest version of Google Search allows users to speak up to five different languages without requiring that they change the settings each time.
Google Voice Now Lets Verizon Customers Send MMS
Google today said Verizon Wireless customers can now send and receive MMS messages through their Google Voice number. According to Google, MMS is supported by all major carriers in the U.S.
Motorola Makes Moto Voice Available to 2013 Droids
Motorola recently published a version of its new Moto Voice app that is compatible with the 2013 Moto X, as well as the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx. Moto Voice, formerly Touchless Control, combines several of the key functions found on the 2013 Moto X, such as the Active Display, Google Now voice prompts, and Google Assist.
While policies can vary, generally it's like pulling teeth getting smaller prepaid carriers to release your number quickly, and with some (Tracfone) it's almost not even worth it.
This way, you use your Google Voice number, so if you decide to switch carriers, you don't have to worry about porting, you just change stuff from google's website.
And if you have a smartphone, this basically means you have unlimited SMS (no MMS yet), which can save you up to $20 a month.
Is it possible - AT&T
And for what its worth, my contact extension was done in December at Best Buy, mainly because the local AT&T agent was out of stock.