Google lets users move numbers to Voice

Jan 26, 2011 By PETER SVENSSON , AP Technology Writer

(AP) -- Google's Voice calling application is adding a long-promised feature: the ability to move a phone number from a cell phone or landline to Google's service.

Previously, Voice assigned each user a new number. That made it more difficult to take advantage of its features, which include cheaper and the ability to answer calls on several different phones and computers.

Google Inc. announced Tuesday that users can request "porting" of existing numbers to Google Voice. The transfer costs $20. Service would be terminated for the cell phone or landline the number comes from, unless the user requests a new number for the line from the phone company.

A leading competitor, Skype SA and its Internet calling service, does not offer number porting.

Explore further: Google removes news snippets in Germany legal fight

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Google Voice telecom service opens to all in US

Jun 22, 2010

Internet giant Google has opened its Google Voice telecommunications service to anyone in the United States interested in using a single telephone number for all of their phones.

FCC launches probe of Google Voice service

Oct 09, 2009

(AP) -- Federal regulators will look into complaints by AT&T Inc. that Google Inc.'s free messaging and calling service, Google Voice, blocks calls to rural communities where local phone companies charge ...

Recommended for you

Twitter-funded lab to seek social media insights

7 hours ago

A new Twitter-funded research project unveiled Wednesday, with access to every tweet ever sent, will look for patterns and insights from the billions of messages sent on social media.

Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

9 hours ago

Facebook on Wednesday vowed to ease its "real names" policy that prompted drag queen performers to quit the social network and sparked wider protests in the gay community and beyond.

User comments : 0