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How to Port a Landline to Google Voice for $0.00

Updated on November 7, 2012

by Creative Endeavors

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Google Voice is a great application with many features. In fact, Google Voice has more features than one will likely ever use, and the list is growing daily. The downside to Google Voice is, it will not port in landline numbers, and has a policy of ONLY porting mobile numbers. Here are some steps to get around this policy that will save you time and money, and you may even end up getting your number ported for FREE, (excluding fees paid to Google.)

The key is, to port a landline to Google Voice; you must FIRST port your landline number to a mobile phone.

First, search the online sale sites like Pronto.com and Google Shopping to find pay-as-you go phones on sale. You should get a common brand, so you can sell it later, such as an AT & T Go Phone or T-Mobile.

Check with AT & T and T-Mobile to see if your landline can be ported to their service.

STEP 1

If you already have T-Mobile Service {OR} an unlocked phone (if not, skip to STEP 2:)

A. Buy a prepaid SIM card from T-Mobile online or at a T-Mobile retailer. Amazon.com offers them as low as $1.99 with 10 minutes included. Otherwise, it will cost approximately $3 to $7.

B. When you receive the prepaid SIM card, activate the SIM card using the instructions included in the package. You will choose a new (temporary) telephone number and PIN. Insert the SIM card into your T-Mobile phone, or an unlocked phone, and test it. Then, keep the SIM card in a safe place.

C. Call T-Mobile's activation department at 1-800-937-8997. Request to port your landline number to your new prepaid SIM account.

D. In 1 to 3 days, you will receive confirmation that the number port is complete. Call your landline number and it should ring on the mobile phone with the new SIM card.

TOTAL COST: $1.99 (sale price of SIM card with 10 minutes)

STEP 2

If you do not have T-Mobile Service and do not have an unlocked phone:

then it is likely cheaper to buy an AT & T Go Phone, which often go on sale for around $9.99. AT & T usually sells its SIM cards with 0 minutes for $25, but if you walk in an AT & T store and ask for one, sometimes they'll give it to you for free. Be advised, AT & T will usually ask you to put $15 on the SIM card, before the port will be processed (for "so called" test calls.)

A. Activate your AT & T Go Phone using the instructions included in the package. You will choose a new (temporary) number and PIN. Insert the SIM card into your phone and test it. Then, keep the SIM card in a safe place.

B. Call AT & T's port department at 1-888-898-7685. Request to port your landline number to your new AT & T account.

C. In 1 to 3 days, you will receive confirmation that the number port is complete. Call your landline number and it should ring on the AT & T Go Phone.

D. Once you finish all the steps below, sell the Go Phone on eBay. You can throw the SIM card away, because it will be deactivated when all the steps are completed. Call AT & T and tell them you want to unlock the phone to take it on your vacation to Europe. Sometimes, they will do this for free. You should be able to sell the phone for $12 to $30, depending on if it is unlocked. Unlocked phones sell for more.

TOTAL COST: $9.99 phone

$10.00 for minutes

-$25.00 (sold unlocked on eBay)

* PROFIT OF $5.01 *

STEP 3

A. Go to your Google Voice account and request to port your landline number to Google Voice.

(The request to port link is found in, "Voice Settings." Look for the "Change/Port" link.)

B. Pay Google the one-time port fee of $20.

C. Google Voice will ask for your T-Mobile/AT & T account number, call customer service if you don't have it.

D. Google Voice will make a test call to your T-Mobile/AT & T mobile phone, which you must answer, so make sure your newly activated SIM card is in place.

E. In about 24 hours, Google will send an email, confirming the port is complete. Thereafter, your former landline number, will be your Google Voice number.

DISCLAIMER:

Once Google Voice completes the port, your mobile phone SIM card will be deactivated and will no longer be of any use, so go ahead and throw this SIM card away. You must then link your Google Voice account to another mobile phone service, or you can use Google Voice through Gmail.

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      opennet 4 years ago

      Thanks for this post. I'm going thru the process right now. Not so much the money, but maybe the effort. I think you could skip the 'buy a go-phone' part? I called and ported my home number to ATT, they said to call back tomorrow and the port would be done and then they could assign it to my go-phone. So I'm thinking just call and port to ATT and tell them you are going to go get a phone soon, then just port it to Google Voice. When they call it should ring with some kind of message? Just a thought.

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      sterlin joseph 4 years ago

      comment peut on installer Google voice sur mon compte g -mail

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      Creative Endeavors 4 years ago from New York City

      Many people use multiple SIM cards to have different phone numbers in order to have separate lines for business and personal and family, etc.. Thereby, acquiring multiple SIM cards shouldn't be an issue. However, as with all promotions and coupons, there will likely be a limit on how many times you can use the $6.99 SIM card discount.

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      scotthay 5 years ago

      I am curious if anyone has had a problem using Tmobile as the middleman in this process more than once? I have 3 land lines I want to move over to google voice (2 business lines and 1 home). I am wondering if they are going to catch on to what I am doing after the first one and not let me do the others? I successfully used an at&t go phone for this a couple years ago on one land line number I had, but it was about $20 for the phone plus a $25 card to use. I was hoping to use the free ($6.99 sim with a $6.99 instant discount) Tmobile sims and a cragslist Tmobile phone and avoid the expense of the $25 AT&T service. I think I am going to have to spend at least $10 however with the Tmobile because that is the minimum you can put on a phone I understand (the $6.99-$6.99=$Free Sim cards have no minutes on them). I will just use their $2/day service and assume porting won't take over 5 days to finish.

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