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Started by chaiwan2000, June 16, 2011, 11:20:56 PM
Quote from: helpme-obiwan on January 24, 2018, 10:21:18 AMForgive me if this has been asked/answered.... I have Comcast voice now for my home number, I also have Google Fi and a Fi compatible phone for my cell. The previously disavowed post gave me an idea. I guess I could port my Comcast number to a new Google account for Google Fi service, activate with my current, legitimate phone, and then cancel the Fi service to port the number right into GV? it seems pretty much the same whether it's through T-Mobile or Fi? Fi should support the port in from Comcast as a cells service even though GV doesn't, right?
Quote from: tjoyce on February 03, 2018, 05:03:48 PMThe steps seem to be:1. Port landline# to a wireless carrier2. Port the just-ported wireless "landline" number to GVQuestion:When the GV porting is completed, my wireless "landline" # is now my GVnumber. At this point my old, landline base station will start ringing when someone dials my landline #, correct?Just want to make sure before I pull the plug on my current telco carrier.
Quote from: SteveInWA on February 03, 2018, 05:29:06 PMQuote from: tjoyce on February 03, 2018, 05:03:48 PMThe steps seem to be:1. Port landline# to a wireless carrier2. Port the just-ported wireless "landline" number to GVQuestion:When the GV porting is completed, my wireless "landline" # is now my GVnumber. At this point my old, landline base station will start ringing when someone dials my landline #, correct?Just want to make sure before I pull the plug on my current telco carrier.No. "Porting" by definition, is a telecom industry term. It involves a "losing" carrier, and a "gaining" carrier. The losing carrier is the carrier to which inbound calls route, and thus, ring on a telephone. The gaining carrier is the carrier that you request to take over that function. You end up with telephone calls being routed to your telephone via that new, gaining carrier. Whatever connection you had to the old, losing carrier, along with whatever you were paying them for service, ends.The "base station" you refer to is unclear. If it's a cordless phone system, and the "base station" is plugged into a telephone jack in the wall, that connection will stop working. You'd then need to buy an OBi device, set up the Google Voice account on the OBi, unplug the telephone cord from the wall and plug it into the OBi.Here is more detailed information and clarification:Google Voice is not a "free telephone company". It is a call forwarding and message management system. You still need some sort of telephone service, so that calls to your Google Voice virtual number can be forwarded to a real telephone, and so you can record and manage your voicemail greetings. An OBi device is also a forwarding destination, but it can't be used to record greetings.Google Voice cannot call 911. Again, it is not a standalone substitute for home phone service.Google Voice can only accept ports-in from mobile phone carriers. You will have to first port the number into a mobile phone carrier, wait a full week for that port to fully complete, and then port the number into Google Voice, which can take several more days. You can't do this instantly, in one day.Cost: at minimum, you would need a prepaid phone, or a prepaid SIM to put in somebody's unlocked phone, a minimum purchase of calling minutes (typically $10) and a $20 fee paid to Google to perform the port-in from the mobile carrier.You can use AT&T GoPhone, or T-Mobile Prepaid; take your pick. Do not use one of the SIM-sellers such as H20, Lycamobile, MintSIM, etc, as they have very poor track records with number porting, and almost no customer support.Keys to success:Do not rush. Be patient and wait. Churning a port from a landline carrier to a mobile carrier, and then to Google Voice, in a couple of days will usually encounter errors, and tends to make a mess in the porting system.Make sure that both outbound and inbound calling and text messaging work on the mobile phone before taking further steps.You should contact the mobile carrier and specifically ask them: "I need to port my number out of (this mobile carrier). What is the account number and PIN I need to submit to my new carrier, so that (this mobile carrier) will accept the request." This information is often not displayed on the carrier's web page, nor clear as to which numbers to use.You will need to submit the porting form on the Google Voice web site, which may not initially have a spot to enter the PIN. If your carrier requires a PIN, submit the form without it, wait for it to fail and come back with a note complaining about a missing PIN, and then you can reopen the porting form, which will now have a space for you to type in the PIN.You must purchase enough prepaid calling minute credit to be able to make and answer a few test calls and texts on the mobile phone, and to answer the automated verification call from Google.Read all the porting instructions, here: https://support.google.com/voice/answer/1065667#xferin
Quote from: glnz6 on April 01, 2018, 01:05:43 PM Thanks to SteveInWA for his excellent porting "philosophy" above at http://www.obitalk.com/forum/index.php?topic=1051.msg86959#msg86959.I add to that as follows: After you order the first port from a copper land line to your cheap prepaid mobile phone (or SIM card), wait at least for that copper land line to go dead before you try to start your second port to Google Voice. I would actually wait a few more days as well for the new network information to propagate out to the world before you start your second port to Google Voice.Also, I used a Verizon Wireless prepaid flip phone for my interim destination - a Samsung Gusto. The phone itself is about $50, and it costs about $30 for a month's use. Since I was porting out Verizon copper land line numbers, I wanted to stay "in the family" in case something went wrong. Also, I found that Verizon Wireless's "porting department" at 888-844-7095 was pretty good in helping me get over a snag for the first port. (I did not need them for the second port to Google Voice, and I'm not sure they could have helped for the port OUT anyway.)Also, thanks to lots of advice on this and other forums by SteveInWA and friends, when I bought the Verizon Wireless prepaid flip phone Samsung Gusto, I had the fellow in the Verizon Wireless store write down ALL the info I would need on the Google Voice porting web page - the Verizon Wireless prepaid flip phone's account number, account name (which I had designated anyway), account address (which he picked the first time and I picked the second time), PIN (which I had designated) and the email address for the account (which I had designated). Having that written down on the receipt printed page for the Verizon Wireless prepaid flip phone Samsung Gusto was very helpful when I was finally at the Google Voice porting web page.