One of the biggest reasons I don’t use Google Voice is because I don’t need another phone number in my life. That’s about to change. Google Voice is finally letting users use their main phone number with the service…but there’s a catch: it’ll cost you $20.
Google has a test program in the wild right now that gives you the ability to port your main inbound phone number (cell phone, home phone, whatever you use most) so you get all the fantastic Google Voice features like transcribed voicemails and multi-phone ringing.
According to TechCrunch, Google released a statement:
“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.”
It works like you would think. People calling your normal phone number will be routed through Google Voice. Plain and simple.
How To Check If You Can Do It
Simply go to Phone, Settings, and if you see “change/port” next to your phone number, you’re in luck. Click that and you’ll soon be done.
Plus & Minuses
Easy enough, except for that $20 charge you’ll have to pay to make it happen. Keep in mind that if you do select that option and pay your $20, whichever landline or cellphone provider you were paying to use that phone number before might want to charge you an early termination fee. Buyer beware.
On the other hand, this long-awaited feature will make it a lot easier for new users of Google Voice to adapt to the service. It’ll be simple to just drop your old service automatically by paying the $20 and importing that number to Google Voice.
Do you use Google Voice? Will you port your main number over to the service? I’m genuinely curious since I’m considering doing exactly this in the near future. Weigh in down in the comments or by @ing me at @edudemic on Twitter.