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Cheap way to port landline phone number to google voice?

Initial Z 92 February 16, 2013 at 03:36 PM in Tech & Electronics (2)
Hello, I recently bought an Obi110 to replace my current landline phone service. I want to keep my landline number. I don't understand the full details yet, but I think it goes something like this:

- Get a cheap sim card.
- Port my landline number onto the sim card.
- Port sim card to google voice
- Set up Obi110 with google voice

Here's what I was thinking on the sim card, but I want to make sure with you guys this will work: http://www.ebay.com/itm/SIMPLE-MO...2a248e24be
I don't have a tmobile phone, but I think I might be able to find a friend that has an old tmobile phone.

If that won't work, will this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-T-Mob...3a7d31d292

The difference I can see from the two above choices is the first one is just a sim card, and the second one is the card + activation kit?

If none of these will work, can you suggest an inexpensive alternative option?

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Quote from darkon112 View Post :
Ok, I found this one: http://cendeavors.hubpages.com/hu...ce-for-000

However, how do I get a t-mobile phone? Can I just go to a retailer and get a prepaid t-mobile phone.. would that work, or do I need a special one?

Now.. I have two phone numbers.. so do I need to buy two phones.. or just do the steps twice?
yes, you need a tmo phone as when you port your number from tmo to GV, GV will show you some numbers on your computer screen when you set up the port and then place a call to your prepaid tmo phone and you have to enter those numbers on the tmo prepaid phone.

starting this sunday (3-17-13) walgreens has the prepaid samsung T139 for $21 which includes a sim card. this phone normally retails for around $25-29.

if your 2 phone numbers are on separate physical lines then you need 2 sim cards, but can use the same phone with one sim card at a time.

if your 2 phones numbers are on the same physical phone line then you should port the secondary number first. if you port the primary number first you will lose the secondary number. you still need 2 separate sim cards and can use the same phone with one sim at a time.
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Quote from Initial Z View Post :
Hello, I recently bought an Obi110 to replace my current landline phone service. I want to keep my landline number. I don't understand the full details yet, but I think it goes something like this:

- Get a cheap sim card.
- Port my landline number onto the sim card.
- Port sim card to google voice
- Set up Obi110 with google voice

Here's what I was thinking on the sim card, but I want to make sure with you guys this will work: http://www.ebay.com/itm/SIMPLE-MO...2a248e24be
I don't have a tmobile phone, but I think I might be able to find a friend that has an old tmobile phone.

If that won't work, will this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-T-Mob...3a7d31d292

The difference I can see from the two above choices is the first one is just a sim card, and the second one is the card + activation kit?

If none of these will work, can you suggest an inexpensive alternative option?
I would suggest getting a "per minute DID" from Voip.MS [voip.ms] and adding it to the Obi as a 2nd service ONLY for 911. With all the fees added together, it costs me $2.50 a month for 911 service.

It's well worth the small fees to be able to dial 911 and have the emergency folks know your exact address rather than a "general location" from a cell phone. Heck, you can't even dial most cell phone's with wet hands, which is another reason to do the GV "home line" thing...you can use phones with buttons in an emergency Smilie
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(...) if your 2 phones numbers are on the same physical phone line then you should port the secondary number first. if you port the primary number first you will lose the secondary number. you still need 2 separate sim cards and can use the same phone with one sim at a time.
I'm in the middle of this... I have to submit the secondary number first indeed, BUT.. you would have to wait till that is confirmed by the company before submitting the other. Just FYI.
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I'm trying to port my landline to GV to use with an OBi202. I already have the Obi set up with one GV number.

I bought a tmobile SIM card on Amazon. When I opened the package yesterday it was just the SIM card (on a credit card sized piece of plastic). Although it did have the card serial number on there, no sign of an activation code. I tried unsuccessfully to use the 12-digit number which I thought might be the code. When that didn't work I called tmobile and they activated the phone for me so now I have a tmo number to use for porting ...

But CSR pointed out that there is zero balance on the SIM I bought so I can't make or receive calls. So will I need to add minutes (I think $10 is minimum) in order to use this SIM for porting? I understand that Google Voice will need to call into the number to check that it's active and if they call they will get a message saying user is unable to accept calls.
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I'm trying to port my landline to GV to use with an OBi202. I already have the Obi set up with one GV number.

I bought a tmobile SIM card on Amazon. When I opened the package yesterday it was just the SIM card (on a credit card sized piece of plastic). Although it did have the card serial number on there, no sign of an activation code. I tried unsuccessfully to use the 12-digit number which I thought might be the code. When that didn't work I called tmobile and they activated the phone for me so now I have a tmo number to use for porting ...

But CSR pointed out that there is zero balance on the SIM I bought so I can't make or receive calls. So will I need to add minutes (I think $10 is minimum) in order to use this SIM for porting? I understand that Google Voice will need to call into the number to check that it's active and if they call they will get a message saying user is unable to accept calls.
yes, and $10 is indeed the minimum. (going thru the same thing as we speak. When you would buy a prepaid phone, the sim card that comes with it has like $3 or so on it already. If you just buy a sim card, it's $0.
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yes, and $10 is indeed the minimum. (going thru the same thing as we speak. When you would buy a prepaid phone, the sim card that comes with it has like $3 or so on it already. If you just buy a sim card, it's $0.
But I think the cards that come with activation kit usually come with about 10 mins grace. I didn't realize that what I bought on Amazon didn't come as part of activation kit. I think I was lucky that tmobile agreed to activate it for me. Although I think it's now useless for my purposes unless I add credit.
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Question: If I have two landline numbers.. of course I can port those, but I would probably end up with two google voice numbers then. Is there a way to forward one to the other? I read everywhere that I can't, but they also talk about that you would lose SMS-ability and stuff. Since those were landlines, I'm not concerned about that feature, so.. is there a way I can do this? I don't want to have to activate or reactivate another service every once in a blue moon for this.. because I might forget.. ZzZZz
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yes, and $10 is indeed the minimum. (going thru the same thing as we speak. When you would buy a prepaid phone, the sim card that comes with it has like $3 or so on it already. If you just buy a sim card, it's $0.
This is probably a stupid question ... if I put $10 on my SIM card to allow me to port my landline number, what will happen to the $10 balance once the number is ported, will I just lose it? or once I port the landline number from the tmobile SIM to GV, will the tmobile number be restored to the SIM card and the remaining balance stay on there?
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to be honest: Don't know. I thought it would be useless, but the number is not connected to that SIM anymore afaik, so.. no idea..

MAKE SURE you first test if you can even port your number to GV. Just tried it out myself and found out after porting to tmobile that I cant port it to GV..Frown
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to be honest: Don't know. I thought it would be useless, but the number is not connected to that SIM anymore afaik, so.. no idea..

MAKE SURE you first test if you can even port your number to GV. Just tried it out myself and found out after porting to tmobile that I cant port it to GV..Frown
I went here [google.com] and entered my Verizon landline number. I got the message:
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Ooops! We currently don't support porting from your carrier. We apologize and are working on adding support for more carriers.
According to Obi "This is actually good news, because once your land line number is ported to a mobile service, it will be able to be ported to Google Voice. Please continue reading and follow the steps below to convert your land line number to a mobile number. Then you can port it to become your Google Voice number."

What message did you get and who is your carrier?
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I went here [google.com] and entered my Verizon landline number. I got the message:

According to Obi "This is actually good news, because once your land line number is ported to a mobile service, it will be able to be ported to Google Voice. Please continue reading and follow the steps below to convert your land line number to a mobile number. Then you can port it to become your Google Voice number."

What message did you get and who is your carrier?
Message: Ooops! This number appears to be from an area we don't currently support.
Carrier: Verizon (is now Tmobile since I ported it that far...)
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Message: Ooops! This number appears to be from an area we don't currently support.
Carrier: Verizon (is now Tmobile since I ported it that far...)
Anyone else get the "Ooops! This number appears to be from an area we don't currently support." message and still be able to port? I am afraid to port my landline because of this mesage. I have cox telephone as part of my bundle.

Thanks
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I started the porting process from Verizon landline to TMobile on Sat night. This morning I got a text on my TMobile saying "Congratulations your phone number has been transferred. Your new number is xxx-xxx-xxxx."

I made three test calls:
(1) Called into Verizon number -- only cell phone rings
(2) Called out from cellphone -- new number displays
(3) Called out from Verizon landline -- line is still live, call goes out and Verizon number still shows

So there is overlap at the moment as I can now use either landline or cell phone to call out from the Verizon number. Do I need to wait for the landline to go dead before I start the port from TMobile to Google Voice?
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I started the porting process from Verizon landline to TMobile on Sat night. This morning I got a text on my TMobile saying "Congratulations your phone number has been transferred. Your new number is xxx-xxx-xxxx."

I made three test calls:
(1) Called into Verizon number -- only cell phone rings
(2) Called out from cellphone -- new number displays
(3) Called out from Verizon landline -- line is still live, call goes out and Verizon number still shows

So there is overlap at the moment as I can now use either landline or cell phone to call out from the Verizon number. Do I need to wait for the landline to go dead before I start the port from TMobile to Google Voice?
The overlap is for like 2 to 3 days. Strange that your landline still goes out though, even though only the cell phone rings when you dial the number. Just give it a day or so.
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The overlap is for like 2 to 3 days. Strange that your landline still goes out though, even though only the cell phone rings when you dial the number. Just give it a day or so.
Thanks. I went ahead and started the porting process from Tmobile to GV anyway as I was impatient.
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