The option to port your existing cellphone number over to Google Voice is now live and direct, baby.
To do it, just go to your Google Voice account, hit settings and hit “Change/Port” next to your Google Voice number. The cost is $20 and it should go through in about a day.
Why would you want to do this? Well, Google Voice lets you do call forwarding for free. So you can have your old cellphone number that everyone knows forward to all your new devices and programs. “One Number To Rule Them All,” so to speak.
You can also set up a series of filters and rules, so if your buddy Jane calls you after 10 on a weeknight, it can forward straight to voicemail. The voicemail transcribing service and free text messages are handy too.
Mo control over your telecommunications preferences, mo better!
Before taking the porting plunge, be advised that if you are in contract with your cellphone service provider, this will break your contract and you will have to pay an early termination fee. Here’s a lil’ video Google made on how it all works:
Port your existing mobile number to Google Voice [Google Voice Blog]