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Old 04-08-2016, 03:23 PM
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A year or two ago, I transferred a land line to a burner cell phone and then transferred that number to Google Voice. From there, I forwarded from Google Voice to my regular cell phone. I kept it for a while and then eventually deleted that number. (It was an office line and I wanted to make sure I didn't miss any important calls.)

We have another land line that we want to get rid of but keep the number, so I started the same process with it this week. However, when I started the process on the Google Voice site today, I saw this:
Once porting is complete, you will not be able to receive calls to your mobile phone until you complete the following steps:

Google Voice is not a mobile phone service provider, so you must setup a new mobile phone service plan (with your existing carrier or a new carrier) and request a new number.

Once you've secured a new mobile service plan and a new number, you will need to add this new number to your Google Voice account as a forwarding phone.
I didn't have to do that before. Did something change?

And does this mean I have to pay for a cell phone plan to keep that number no matter what I do? That's what it seems like, but I'm curious if anyone around here has recent experience with this.

Is there an option other than Google Voice that will let me do the same thing without having to pay for another cell phone plan?

Or maybe I could transfer this number to another cell carrier? It's currently with AT&T on a plan that's about $45 a month, which was the cheapest they offered. I figured it didn't matter because I would be getting rid of it anyway. I've never transferred a number to another cell carrier, though, so I'm not sure about the ups and downs of that.


EDIT: Oh, duh. I think I misunderstood this. They're talking about getting a new number for the cell phone that I'm porting to Google Voice, correct? I thought they meant I needed a new cell phone plan, with a new number, to use that number with Google Voice. Ack. I made that more complicated in my head than it needed to be.

I don't care about that cell phone, so it can go dead.
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:08 AM
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