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: More
Last week's preview was no fluke, you can now port your existing phone numbers to Google Voice online.
As I explained in detail last week, the incredibly useful Google (GOOG) Voice is now officially available via a number porting procedure. That means it is easier to move to Google Voice without having to tell everyone you know, your new number.
Something that Google doesn't explain explicitly, is that with Voice you can MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 25, 2011 2:12 PM ET
Google's Voice services are set to go mainstream in 2011.
Google (GOOG) is testing number portability on Google Voice (update: it was just taken down) which allows users to move their primary phone number to Google and then forward to a new number assigned by their carrier. I did this a few months ago at the invitation of Google and haven't looked back. I can now forward my calls to my landline, MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 20, 2011 12:13 AM ET
Use Skype on your iPhone's 3G network, or Google Voice? You wouldn't if the government hadn't stepped in.
By Chadwick Matlin, contributor
It took Skype two years to finally make its way to the iPhone. And when it did, it only allowed calls over a Wi-Fi connection—talking to friends over 3G was strictly prohibited. AT&T's (T) network, we were told, could barely handle regular phone calls, let alone ones that took place over the MOREJan 5, 2011 12:52 PM ET
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Today, the FCC votes on Internet regulations that would mandate that companies treat all kind of Web content equally -- though as they are now, the rules would not apply to wireless data. Venture capitalist and former California State Controller Steve Westly explained why the net neutrality proposal announced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is a must-have. (CNN MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 21, 2010 6:00 AM ET
The purveyor of Google Voice services over Gmail says free calling to the U.S. and Canada will remain free for the rest of 2011.
Google (GOOG) announced that Gmail users would be able to make calls within the web interface back in August. By most accounts, the service has been a successful one, though there have been some minor outages. Even if users don't opt to sign up for a free Google MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 20, 2010 1:53 PM ET
After 16 short months in the Apple App Store approval process, Google Voice is now available as a native app on the iPhone.
The Google Mobile blog announced today that Google Voice would be available to Apple's iPhone users. The app caused controversy almost two years ago when it was put into 'App Store Purgatory' by Apple and became one of the focal points of a government investigation into Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 16, 2010 2:32 PM ET
Google Voice for Enterprise customers could usher in a whole new era of telephony services for business.
Update: Google Voice for Domains has been available since September and before on gmail.com. I was only recently able to pick it up on my account when my account was migrated to new infrastructure.
Google Voice is a pretty incredible, free service for routing telephone calls to different services and devices.
Recently, Google enabled the ability to MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 9, 2010 10:13 AM ET
With partners, developers, competitors and maybe some regulatory agencies
One of Apple's (AAPL) weaknesses as a company -- as even Steve Jobs will admit -- is that it isn't a particularly good neighbor. Like its co-founder and CEO, it can be secretive, prickly and quick to take offense. Witness, for example, the 121 pending lawsuits that list Apple as a plaintiff or defendant.
So it's unusual and sort of refreshing to see MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 19, 2010 8:27 AM ET
An upcoming release of the T-Mobile G2 build was leaked, along with some new Google Voice widgets.
While they don't offer VoIP, the widgets that were extracted from an unreleased T-Mobile G2 build allow easy access to Google Voices features, demonstrated below.
Google (GOOG) released Voice on Gmail last week in a surprise move that had many thinking Google was targeting Skype and Facebook. Having a full Google Voice VoIP application on MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 30, 2010 10:23 AM ET
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