1. Google_Superuser's Avatar
    I am considering porting my number to google voice. The number is currently associated with t-mobile on their $30/mont "unlimited" text/data plan. How would I go about porting the number without interrupting service. Should I contact T-Mobile and change the number then port the old cell number to google voice? Basically just trying to get a handle on how it works so I can figure it out.
    08-25-2013 06:36 PM
  2. regression's Avatar
    I am not sure about how to go with uninterrupted service, but I read in the Google support pages not to cancel your service before porting. I assume the same would go for not changing your number with the carrier then trying to port the old number.

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    08-25-2013 07:56 PM
  3. EvilMonkey's Avatar
    If you port your number without changing it with t-mobile first, you'll be canceling your service (it's the same as porting your number to Verizon or Sprint). You'll need to get a new number with them first.

    Be aware if you do this, you'll need to use the Google Voice app to text (or the recipient will see your real number, which they may not recognize). You will also need a data connection to initiate a call using Google Voice (again, or they'll see your real number).

    I have a post around here somewhere explaining it in more detail because I went through this (porting the number I've used for years to Google Voice from Verizon) and had to switch back due to what I saw as drawbacks. I'll try to dig it out when I'm in front of a pc.

    I still use Voice for voicemail though, and as a number I give out to people I don't want having my real number (it's easier to block them). Was just too hard to make the switch with a number that everyone I know has.

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    08-25-2013 08:19 PM
  4. Google_Superuser's Avatar
    Yeah basically now I am using my google voice number for text and voice calls (with grooveip) and google hangouts with friends and family. It's not that difficult for me to switch everything/everyone to the new google voice number just debating whether I continue with that and keep my normal number as a fall back or port my normal number and have another number as a fallback.
    08-25-2013 08:57 PM
  5. jerethi's Avatar
    I would be very interested to hear about peoples' experiences with Google voice. It feels like a service that could be incredibly useful if you know how to properly avail yourself of it, but I'm not one of those people!

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    08-28-2013 08:49 PM

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