Can I Port My Number to Google Voice?

Only mobile numbers can be ported to Google Voice.  When you go through the porting process, you will know if your mobile number can be ported or not. You cannot port landline to Google Voice at this time. A work around for this is to port your landline to a mobile service like AT&T GoPhone. Then port the number from AT&T GoPhone to Google Voice. However, this work around does not work for all landline numbers.

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Google Voice MMS for Sprint Users

If you use Google Voice instead of your carrier’s texting, you’ve most likely know it’s missing MMS. You can send all the free text messages you want but one thing you can’t do is send pictures or videos. Google is about to change that as they are rolling out MMS support to Google Voice users.

For now, only Sprint customers are getting the capability to use MMS. This will soon change as Google is working with other carriers to bring MMS to their users. For the time being, this will only work if sent from a Sprint phone. In the current condition, any MMS received from Sprint customers will be forwarded to your email inbox, provided you’ve email forwarding setup in your Google Voice account.

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How to get Google Voice for inmate calling

For example:  Getting a Google Voice number starting with area code 252 to received inmate calls

You need to set up a “local” phone number in Google Voice for your inmate. In other words, if person is incarcerated in the area with 252 area code, you need to set up a number in Google Voice with that same area code. When this number is dialed, it is read more here cialis with alcohol (in another state). The inmate only pays for the local call. He or she is dialing a local call for him/her and that is what is charged. Assuming the facility does not block Google Voice numbers, this is much, much cheaper than the ridiculous fees charged by the prisons.

You need to send the Google Voice number to your inmate and have it added to their list of approved phone numbers.

Follow the link below for the how to guide. You just do a search for that area code and select any of the available numbers within that area code.

http://googlevoice.com/2013/03/how-to-register-for-a-google-voice-number/

How to Register for a Google Voice Number

How do I get a Google Voice number? Sign up for a Google Voice number is free and open to anyone living in the US. This guide will show you how to sign up for your Google Voice number.

Step 1. Go to http://www.google.com/voice
If you already have a Google account, just log on and skip to step 4. If not, click on “Create An Account” link to begin.
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How to port your number out of Google Voice

Port your number out of Google Voice

To protect your number from being ported out without your consent, your Google Voice number is locked automatically.  Before you can port out your Google Voice number you must unlock it.

There is a one time $3 fee to port your number away from Google Voice. For users who ported their mobile numbers into Google Voice, the fee is waived.

To unlock your number simply:

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Recording Google Voice Calls

Recording Google Voice calls can be a useful feature but you need to check with your state and federal laws before using this feature. Some states require both parties consent to any recording while other states require only one party consent.

Before you can use the call recording feature, you need to enable it. See the screenshot below on how to enable this feature.  Click on the screenshot for a larger view.
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To Port or Not to Port – Your Number to Google Voice

For those of you who have been contemplating whether to port your land line over to Google Voice or not, maybe this article from David Gewirtz over at ZDNet will help answer that question.

An excerpt from the article:

“For the past year, my wife and I have gotten used to using Google Voice for both our personal phone and business phone numbers. It took a while to get all the kinks ironed out, but as I reported last month, we’re finally happy with it.
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How to Make Google Voice Calls in Gmail

Call phones from Gmail is free to the US and Canada for the rest of 2013. In addition to calling a phone number in Gmail, you can also receive calls if you have a Google Voice account.

To place a call in Gmail:

Make sure Google voice and video chat plugin is installed.
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Google Voice Sprint Integration

There are two ways to enable Google Voice with Sprint:

Option 1: Use your Sprint number with Google Voice.

If you are new to Google Voice:

  • In step 1 of account creation, click “I want to use my mobile number.”
  • Enter your Sprint mobile phone number and click the “Check for available options” button.
  • Click on “Enable Google Voice on your Sprint phone” and complete the remaining steps of account setup.

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How to Disable Call Screening in Google Voice

Call screening lets you know who’s calling your Google number before you accept the call. It also allows you options on how to handle your calls so that you can choose to accept it, send the caller to voicemail and ListenInTM, or record the call.

There are two ways we screen your callers:

  • We’ll show you their Caller ID on your Caller ID display.
  • As soon as you pick up your phone, we’ll announce your callers to you. We’ve added this second level of screening (‘audio’ Caller ID), because Caller ID isn’t particularly useful for blocked and unknown names and numbers. Once we announce your caller (for example, ‘Call from Jack Johnson’), we give you four ways to handle the call:
    1. Accept it (press 1)
    2. Send it to voicemail (press 2)
    3. ListenInTM on the voicemail (press 2 and stay on the line)
    4. Accept and record the call (press 1 then 4)

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