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.

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