Google gives Voice to your mobile number
Number ports go live
Google now lets you port your existing mobile phone number to Google Voice, the new-age telephony web service that lets you attach a single number to multiple phones and turn your voicemail messages into emails.
This means you can now turn your existing mobile phone number into your Google Voice number – the number you can use to ring all your phones, from your cell to your office phone to your home phone to, well, your PC. Google Voice also lets you make and receive calls via Gmail.
Google Voice is a free service, but porting your existing mobile phone number will cost you $20. Number porting is available to existing Google Voice users right now – there's a "Change/Port" option on the Settings page once you log in to your account – and according to Google, numbers are typically ported within 24 hours.
When you port your number to Google Voice, doing so actually cancels the existing service plan you have with your mobile carrier. So you'll have to contact your mobile service provider to set up a new plan under a new number.
Google says that number porting will also be available to new Google Voice users within "a few weeks."
The company believes that Google Voice is the ultimate in human communication:
But it's also a way for Google to collect additional data – something it's very fond of doing. In this case, it benefits from those voicemails it converts into text. The service was originally developed by a startup known as GrandCentral, which Google acquired in the summer of 2007. The service is now available to all Americans. ®
Yes, that Ribbit page confirms BT owns it ... but what I don't see anywhere on that site is how I can pay my landline line rental to Ribbit and have unanswered calls on my landline number recorded and forwarded as an email in the same way I could with a Voip number.
As ZimboKraut hints, a telco receives a termination charge even on landline calls and the cost of sending an email is close to zero -- so though the service itself might do little more than break even, it ought to be viable just as an incentive for switching line rental to a competitor.
When for europe?
I'd love to use it, but every time I try to access GV on my Nexus it still asks me to activate it on the site, and if I go to google.com/voice there is nowhere to activate the service.
So I assume GV is still US only, or is there some non-obvious way to activate it here?
Well, it's quite simple.... Termination charges...
Thats most probably the reason... but I found that many things that BT started, they only continued half heartedly....
I personaly have somehting not far from an agro against them, as they are just as bad in the UK as deutsche telekom in germany....
there are still too many bureaucrats from ancient times there, who still believe, that they are a government institution, that stands above the law....
the granade: just blast them....