Google Voice Launches Number Porting
Users now allowed to move cell numbers to service
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2011 12:03 AM CST
Jason Toff, marketing manager for Google Voice, demonstrates how to make a call from a red phone booth at the Google office in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Google's Voice calling application is adding a long-promised feature: the ability to move a phone number from a cell phone to Google's service. Previously, Google Voice assigned each user a new number,making it more difficult to take advantage of its features, which include cheaper international calls and the ability to answer calls on several different phones and computers. Google says users can now request "porting" for a fee of $20, a service not offered by leading competitor Skype.