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 Assistant Can Now Find Your Phone, Call from Your Mobile Number
Google today said its Home-based Google Assistant product can easily find your Android or iOS smartphone. Home owners need only say, "OK Google, find my phone." The Assistant will ring Android phones, or send a call to iPhones, even when the phone is in silent mode.
Google's Fiber Phone Bridges Home and Mobile Service
Google today announced the Fiber Phone, a home-phone service for its Google Fiber internet customers. The service includes unlimited nationwide calling, caller ID, voicemail, privacy controls, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb tools.
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.