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Bring Your Phone Number to Google Voice – for a Fee

You will soon be able to port your current telephone number over to your Google Voice account – for a small fee, that is. For the nominal cost of twenty bucks (payable via Google Checkout), you can terminate your current service plan – and likely rack up some early termination fees. Think about it, though… you’ll never ever lose your current number! Is that worth paying out a few extra (hundred) dollars in the form of those cancellation fees when you look at the grand scheme of things?

Photo credit to Engadget.

The feature is still being tested and isn’t quite available to everyone as of yet. According to an official statement from Google, “We’re continually testing new features to enhance the user experience. For a limited amount of time, we’re making the Google Voice number porting process available to users. We don’t have any additional details to share at this time, but plan to offer this feature to all users in the near future.”

I find it ironic that Google is making it easy for AT&T haters (such as MG Sigler) an easy way out. I know many of you are planning to suck up those fees and cancel your current contracts in favor of Verizon’s iPhone. By using the new port feature on Google Voice, you won’t lose your current number – and can have calls to it forwarded to your new device. How handy is that? MG has already done it, and I think many more will follow suit.

If you already have a Google Voice number that you regularly use, this newly ported number will wipe that out (though you’ll have access to both for 90 days as you transition). And yes, you will still need another service plan from another carrier that you can then forward your old number to — Google is still not a carrier (at least not yet). So be careful.

What are your thoughts? Do you plan to port an existing number over to Google Voice? Are you jumping onto the Verizon bandwagon? Is your head stuck in the wrong Cloud – not allowing you to see the potential beauty in what Google is trying to do?

GVMessenger Brings Google Voice to the iPhone Perfectly

Stop settling for less than the best of quality when using Google Voice on your iPhone. Use the new Messenger for Google Voice app to send and receive texts using your Google account. Switch back and forth between your phone and your computer at any time to keep everything in sync. Set up your account to receive notifications even when the app itself is closed if you want.

Keeping in touch with everyone and needing to be available at all times is something we all have in common. The makers of this app recognize that and have worked hard to include the features that are important to you:

  • Uses the internet only, so you don’t have to worry about running up your cell phone bill with hundreds text messages.
  • Saves everything when you close so don’t worry about taking a phone call, everything will be right where you left it when you’re done.
  • Support for marking conversations as archived, spam and starred.
  • Uses the iPhone’s built in address book and photos.

David, the app maker, has also created a browser dedicated to Google Voice for Mac users. He claims it’s nothing too fancy, just a WebKit view in a simple window. It may not be fancy, but it is pretty dang cool. The best part is that it will update the badge icon in the dock so you don’t have to keep the window open.

If you are a fan of Google Voice using an iDevice, you’ll definitely want to check out this app. I’ve already become accustomed to using it as part of my daily life, as though it was there all along. It’s that intuitive and well-made.