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How can I port Vonage landline number to google voice on mobile app? 1 Recommended Answer 7 Replies 20 Upvotes
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Can you then cancel the wireless carrier?
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Porting a number from say T-Mobile to Google Voice means that you want to keep the number but don't want T-Mobile to service it anymore. Once port is complete TMO will not have a number to provide service for so they will cancel your account automatically. If you cancel before port is complete you will loose your number.
 
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Per this quora post, you can port directly.


Is the information there incorrect?
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That information is incorrect.  Never rely on third-party websites for accurate or current answers regarding Google Voice.
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I just want to understand this clearly.... for porting a vonage number to Google Voice....

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1. Port the Vonage Number to a wireless carrier. This can be a prepaid phone.
2. Wait for the transfer to be complete.
3. Port the wireless number to Google Voice
4. Wait for the transfer to be complete.
5. Cancel the wireless service. It may happen automatically because there is no longer a number.
6. Vonage number has now been "ported" to Google Voice.

Right?

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Some points of clarification:
  • Google Voice is not a "free telephone company".  It is a call forwarding and message management system.  You still need some sort of other telephone service, in case something goes wrong with Google Voice, and to make emergency calls.
  • Google Voice cannot call 911.  Again, it is not a substitute for full-function telephone service.
  • Google Voice can only accept ports-in from mobile phone carriers.  You would 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; attempts to rapidly "churn" the port between carriers may cause the port to get stuck or fail.
  • 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 Prepaid or T-Mobile Prepaid; take your pick. Obtain a SIM for that carrier, along with the minimum amount of prepaid calling they sell.  Call the mobile carrier before you activate the SIM, and follow their instructions to port your landline number; do not activate the SIM with a new, random carrier number, unless they tell you to do so.  Do not use a SIM from one of the third-party, "MVNO" service providers, as they are not sufficiently skilled at land line number porting.
 
Keys to success:
  • Before porting your land line number to a mobile carrier, avoid the disappointment of finding out that you can’t port that number into Google Voice.  Using a desktop or laptop computer’s web browser, enter your phone number into the Google Voice porting dashboard:  https://www.google.com/voice/porting. There are two different error messages it may return. It will always report that your carrier isn’t supported.  This is expected, since Google Voice won’t port numbers in from land line carriers. However, if it also tells you that your area isn’t supported, stop now.  Your number cannot be ported into Google Voice, and there is no workaround.
  • You must wait a full week after you port your number from the land line carrier to the prepaid mobile carrier.  Make sure that both outbound and inbound calling and text messaging work on the mobile phone before taking further steps.
  • You must contact the mobile carrier and specifically ask them for your account information.  To minimize the chance of the carrier trying to retain your business and/or question why, I suggest saying:  "I need to port my number out of (this mobile carrier) to a land line 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.
  • 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, 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:  

 
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