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Google Voice now works with existing phone numbers

January 25, 2011 |  6:40 pm

Google Voice now works with existing phone numbers, allowing users the option of using Google Voice without having to give a new phone number out to contacts.

The tech giant announced the number porting change to its phone-call-forwarding service Tuesday, saying in a statement that the feature is available to all current and future users. Previously, existing phone numbers couldn't be ported over.

But in order to port a number over as the Google Voice number, a user has pay Google $20 and go through a few steps, said Robert Dong, a Google software engineer, in a blog post.

"After porting your number to Google Voice, your mobile service plan will be canceled, and there are a couple of steps that you'll have to take to continue making and receiving calls on your mobile device," Dong said.

Those steps include starting a new service plan, probably incurring fees if the previous service plan is canceled early, and getting a new mobile number and adding that to Google Voice.

The process on Google's end is usually completed within 24 hours, Dong said.

How long it will take a mobile carrier to cooperate with the process could vary.


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