How to Port Your Number to Google Voice Without Paying an Arm and a Leg

Port a Landline Phone Number to Google Voice

When it came time to roll my parents off their cable TV bundle, their biggest concern was keeping their landline phone number. 

They’ve had the same number for decades. But they were paying $30 per month to their pay-TV provider for “free long distance calling.”  

So I taught myself how to port a landline phone number to Google Voice. (It’s pretty simple.) And I learned a few things along the way worth sharing before I take you through this process step-by-step. 

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  1. On your computer, open Google Voice.
  2. At the top right, click Settings Click the Settings Settings.
  3. Click the “Account” section.
  4. In the “Transfer your number to another Voice account” section, click Transfer a number.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions. Tip: If the transfer request doesn’t work, check the list of what you can’t transfer.
    • Another Google Voice account gets your request by email and must accept it within 7 days.
    • You can check the number transfer progress in the “Transfer your number to another Voice account” section.
    • Before the transfer finishes, to cancel the number transfer request, you can click Cancel the request.
  6. After the transfer finishes, in the new Google Voice account, set up a linked number.

If you already tried to transfer your number, but your number doesn’t work, create a post on the Google Voice Help Forum. When you post:

  • Use the Google Account with your original Google Voice number.
  • Only include the last 4 digits of your Google Voice number.

How to port landline to Google Voice

Can I port landline to Google Voice? No, but there is a way to go about this. Although the service does not allow you to port numbers from landlines or other Voice over Internet Protocol services, there is a way to port your landline to the telephone service.

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To do this, you will have to first move the landline number to a mobile carrier; then you can port it to Google Voice.

However, before you do this, you need to check the eligibility of the number with a Google Voice eligibility tool. Do this to see if the home no. can be ported into Google Voice after it is ported to a mobile carrier.

Once you input the home number into the eligibility tool, you will get either one of these two responses:

  • This number appears to be from a carrier we don't support – This is good, as it means that your landline no. most likely will be eligible to port to G.V. after your port it to a cell carrier
  • This number is from an area we don't support – This is bad, as there is nothing you can do to make it eligible for the online telephone service.
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Why should I port number to Google Voice?

There are many reasons why you should use the online telephone service. Here they are:

  • It is a free service to sign up for. As long as you use it to communicate with other U.S. numbers, then it is free. For overseas calls, you will need to add credits to your account to pay for service. Usually, the cost is 1 cent per minute
  • You can route incoming calls to one or more other numbers
  • There is the call-recording option that only works for incoming calls
  • You can set up voicemail so that messages are transcribed to text messages or delivered by email
  • It allows you to forward calls from one number to another
  • You only need a microphone and speaker to use it, so you can actually make calls on your laptop or phone
  • The service also syncs across devices
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Whats the Catch?

First, porting a phone number to Google Voice requ

First, porting a phone number to Google Voice requires a one-time fee of $20.

Secondly, when you port a number to Google Voice, you can’t use the Google Voice app to send text messages–it requires a data connection over Wi-Fi or LTE/3G. You can, however, have Google Voice forward texts to your new number. When you reply to them using your regular messaging app, they will appear to come from your Google Voice number, which is pretty cool.

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The same goes for making and receiving calls–as long as you have call forwarding turned on, you can make and receive calls from your Google Voice number, even without a data connection.

Lastly, to port a number to Google Voice, you need two phone numbers:

  • Your old phone number, which you are porting to Google Voice. This number must still be active when you start the porting process–do not cancel your account yet!
  • Your new phone number, to which you’ll forward your Google Voice calls and texts. This can be a number on a new carrier, or on the same carrier you currently use.

In my case, I was switching to a new carrier (Cricket), so I just started a new account with them, and ported my Verizon number over. When I did so, Google cancelled my Verizon account for me.

If you’re getting a new number on the same carrier, you’ll just have to add a number to your account, after which Google Voice will cancel the old number for you.

Make sure you aren’t in the middle of a contract, since porting your number could incur an early termination fee (ETF) from your carrier! If you aren’t sure, call customer service and make sure they make a note on your account not to charge you an ETF when you cancel.

Its easy to get calls

Let's say you have ported your number to Google Voice, and your number is 212-OLD-NMBR. You still need a new number for your cellphone, so let's say that's 212-NEW-NMBR. You can then assign a bunch of different phones to ring with someone calls 212-OLD-NMBR, like your 212-NEW-NMBR, and your landline, and your work phone. You can even set these individual phones on a schedule to only ring during work hours and home hours, or add one temporarily, like your parents' phone if you're visiting for the holidays.

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So, having those neat screening options and being able to pick up any phone you want to answer a call (even your computer, using Gmail.com), is cool.

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How Long Does It Take to Port Your Number to Google Voice?

In the Google Voice port FAQ page, Google says that it will take “up to 5 business days” to have your number ported. After I completed the port request, I had a message that said it would take up to 24 hours. I poked around on a couple of other forums, and it appears that most people find that it takes almost exactly 24 hours, often to the minute. This was the case for me. 24 hours and 15 minutes after I submitted my request, my number was ported to Google Voice, despite the fact that I submitted the request on a Saturday. It appears that business days have nothing to do with it. Perhaps Google puts some sort of hold on the port for 24 hours.

Keep Your Current Phone Number (Port A Number to Google Voice)

Planning to change your mobile plan and found a better deal with a competitor? This happens more often than you think. Your monthly bill will be a little cheaper than last month and your service is still just as good. But what about the phone number? You’ve been using the same number for several years. It’s the one all of your friends and family have saved in their phone. Do you hold off?

If you want to get a new number but still want to keep your old one, Google Voice can be the answer to your prayers. It offers individuals the chance to port their existing number over to their service for a one-time fee of $20. So not only will you get the new number with your new service, but you can also maintain your existing number and have all calls forwarded from that number to the new one. How awesome is that?

You’ll need to know that when you port a number to Google Voice, you can’t use the Google Voice app to send text messages–it requires a data connection over Wi-Fi or a mobile network. But you can, however, have Google Voice forward SMS texts to your new number. When replying to the incoming texts using your regular messaging app, the messages will appear to come from your new Google Voice number.

This is the same way that phone calls will work. With call-forwarding turned on, you can make and receive calls from your Google Voice number, even without a data connection. This should go without saying but you will need two phone numbers in order to port a number to Google Voice. This is your existing number where the calls and texts are received, and the new number to where they will be forwarded.

Your existing number will be the one ported over and must remain active at the time you begin the process. So DO NOT cancel your account before doing so. The new number can be one provided to you by your current carrier or a new carrier. Your second number can even be one from Google Voice. If you are switching carriers, once you start a new account with them and port your number over to Google Voice, Google will cancel your previous carrier account on your behalf. For a new number while remaining with the same carrier, after the number is added to Google Voice, Google will cancel your old number.

It’s very important that you don’t attempt to make such a change while still in the middle of a contract. Porting your number over has the potential to carry with it an Early Termination Fee (ETF) if canceled early. To be sure, contact the customer support of your current carrier and inform them of what your plans are before you cancel. They’ll be able to make a note on your account to not charge you an ETF when you finally cancel.

Calls and text messages to both numbers will reach you so long as call-forwarding has been turned on. However, outbound calls and texts will only be sent from your primary Google Voice number. Google Voice does allow you to swap which number you want as your primary, at any time you’d like.

To port a number over to your Google Voice account:

  1. Open Google Voice in your browser and log in.
    • You must be within 90 days of the cancelation process in order to port the number over. Any later and the number will be unavailable.
  2. You’ll find Settings at the top right, so go ahead and click it.
  3. Click ‘Account‘ then click on ‘Change‘ under your phone number just as we did above.
  4. Click over to the ‘Phones‘ tab.
  5. Click ‘Change/Port‘ then click ‘I want to use my mobile number.’
  6. Type in your phone number and select ‘Check for available options.’Assuming your number is available for porting you
  7. Assuming your number is available for porting you will see a blue ‘Port your number‘ hyperlink at the bottom of the pop-up window. Click it.Check the boxes that appear confirming you accept
  8. Check the boxes that appear confirming you accept the conditions of porting.On the next screen, input all of your current acco
  9. On the next screen, input all of your current account information.
  10. Once the transaction has been completed, the expiration date next to your original Google Voice number will now disappear. It now belongs to you until you cancel/delete it yourself.

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