By MATT SCHULER, Digital Architect, Marx Layne

Have you used Google Voice?  Do you even know what it is?

google-voiceIn short, Google Voice allows you to bind all of your phone numbers in to one super number.  Your Google Voice number will ring your home phone, cell phone, work phone or any other number you have simultaneously.   You can watch this quick video about the benefits before we get to the number porting.

What is Google Voice?

I’ve used Google Voice while I was writing tech reviews, because it allowed me to have one number for all of the review phones.  I didn’t use it exclusively though, because I didn’t want to go through the pain of getting everyone my new telephone number.

Now, Google is letting you switch your number over for a $20 fee. Google does offer this warning though: “After porting your number to Google Voice your mobile service plan will be cancelled, and there are a couple of steps that you’ll have to take to continue making and receiving calls on your mobile device.” That means you may have to pay an early termination fee, if you don’t clear the switch with your service provider beforehand.

They have a detailed list of instructions on how number porting works, and some tips on how to make it go smoothly in the Google Voice Help Center.
You can watch the Google video on number porting below: