Switching carriers is the most opportune time to consider Google Voice. Is it right for you and if so, how do you do it?
You’ve waited three years to move your iPhone from AT&T(T) to Verizon(VZ) for whatever reason. But perhaps instead of heading directly to Verizon, should you free yourself from the carrier lock-in altogether and add a lot of functionality and freedom for a small price? You might even save yourself some time at Verizon dealing with the number porting. Starting fresh is so much easier. Here’s a short video on what will be happening if you choose to port your number to Google Voice first:
Google (GOOG) Voice requires a one time fee of $20 to port your number. If your carrier/plan require and Early Termination Fee (ETF), you’ll need to add that in as well. But you were already leaving, right? If you can handle those fees, Google Voice offers many benefits:
Sounds great? How do you do it? TechCrunch’s MG Siegler chose to do this last week on the way to Verizon. It only took five minutes and he got a kick out of how easy it was to cancel his AT&T account.
First, sign up for Google Voice if you haven’t already here.
To get started with Number Porting, log in to your Google Voice account, visit the Settings page and click on “Change / Port” next to your Google Voice number.
You’ll then see all kinds of warnings on what is going to happen. It basically comes down to this: your current account with your current carrier is going to be toasted. ETFs are coming and expect up to 24 hours for the process to be complete.
Soon your number will be in Google Voice. You can make and receive calls inside Gmail until your Verizon iPhone comes if you don’t have it already. When you get your new phone with new phone number (pick an exotic area code just for fun!) just plug that number into Google Voice. You’ll want to download the Google Voice App on your iPhone so that you can make calls with Google Voice.
That’s pretty much it.
I’d wager that the majority of people making the switch over the next few weeks would really get some utility from what Google Voice has to offer and there’s never a better time to jump on Google Voice than when switching carriers!