Google Voice porting appears, then disappears in limited release
For a brief period Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Google made it possible for some users to port their mobile phone numbers to the online telephony service for $20. That meant the users could forward any number they get from a carrier to their preferred phone number.
Then, the feature disappeared.
In a statement to Endgadget and TechCrunch, Google confirmed that it was testing the porting process with some users. "For a limited amount of time, we're making the Google Voice number porting process available to users," Google said. "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."
Porting a number to Google Voice doesn't eliminate the need for a carrier, but it does make it easier for people who want to avoid the hassle of changing their phone number.
| January 20, 2011; 11:24 AM ET
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