If having to choose a brand new phone number and notify your 10 billion Facebook friends about the switch has been keeping you from using Google Voice, it might be time to reconsider. While I haven’t spotted it in my own account, numerous sources are reporting that a Port Your Number option now exists in their Google Voice Account:
A few things to keep in mind:
- This isn’t yet appearing in all accounts (like mine)
- It costs you $20 to make the switch
- You may also incur Early Termination Fees from your carrier, so plan accordingly
If you’re planning on signing a brand new contract on a new carrier, you may want to get a new number on THAT service so you can switch your current number to Google Voice and forward it to your phone. Now run, don’t walk, to your nearest Google Voice website.