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place to park cell phone number for ever, for incoming and outgoing calls/texts?

Damocles 3,471 January 5, 2016 at 01:33 PM
i would like to move my cellphone number (if possible) to a third party, and then whenever I get a new cellphone with a new number, i can just unofficially connect it to my parked number from that third party. that way i don't have to deal with porting and all that. i could also take a beater phone camping, for example, and move my parked number to that phone during my trip.

here are my goals:
1. transparent to everyone else:
1a. when i make a call/text, my parked number shows up on the other person's phone
1b. when i receive a call/text to my parked number, the sender's info show up on my phone.
2. free or low cost.

in other words, i don't just want to forward incoming calls to my cell. i want it fully integrated, two-way.

is this possible?

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Google voice can do all these things, although some conference bridges and SMS short codes may not work through your gv number. It's free aside from the fixed cost to port your number. You can also get a free number to test it out before you make the decision to port.
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As said above, Google Voice should do all this, but it may be a bit more complicated depending on the cell phone you choose. I'm not sure how well it integrates on Apple or Windows products (no experience). On Android it is seamless if you use hangouts once setup for texts and incoming calls. You can actually use both the carrier number and your Google Voice number for different messages. For myself and a few family members I went the Google Voice route. The numbers we want to save stay parked at Google Voice and we have the carrier numbers on the SIMs/phones. I do use the carrier number to provide to contacts I'm not concerned about having my information long term (eg online purchases, getting quotes). The only downside if you are looking for full-time 2 way is you will have to use the Google dialer to make outbound calls on the Google Voice number (at least since I checked last), if you just dial from your cell it will show the carrier number. Another nice thing about parking with Google is, if you so choose, you can forward to multiple phones. Our old landline number, now parked at Google Voice, rings a house phone (via an Obihai) and cell phone.

As for cost, last I did the port in cost was $20 to Google Voice then no fee thereafter. They do not take all numbers though, I've had one they would not port in, you'll need to verify if yours will be accepted.
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thanks for the info guys. if i use GV/hangouts, i assume the texts are via my data plan instead of phone plan? is the same true for GV voice calls (ie, do i need LTE coverage instead of voice)?

i'm on android, so i can definitely install hangouts.

i do have my landline parked on an obihai, but i went the ring.to path since they allowed me to port a landline for free.
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Quote from Damocles View Post :
thanks for the info guys. if i use GV/hangouts, i assume the texts are via my data plan instead of phone plan? is the same true for GV voice calls (ie, do i need LTE coverage instead of voice)?

i'm on android, so i can definitely install hangouts.

i do have my landline parked on an obihai, but i went the ring.to path since they allowed me to port a landline for free.
Yes I believe so. There may be another way to push your number through GV, but I never cared enough to look. I know when I was switching carriers at one point, I had no problem texting and making calls via GV over WiFi as I had no phone plan at the time. A lot of times I just call people from the carrier number, they figure it out after a time or two, but you should be able to avoid it if you so need.

Just to be clear, I believe you need the data for outgoing calls via GV only. If you set the forwarding up correctly, the incoming calls will use your cell minutes.
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Quote from Damocles View Post :
thanks for the info guys. if i use GV/hangouts, i assume the texts are via my data plan instead of phone plan? is the same true for GV voice calls (ie, do i need LTE coverage instead of voice)?

i'm on android, so i can definitely install hangouts.

i do have my landline parked on an obihai, but i went the ring.to path since they allowed me to port a landline for free.
As securety10 mentioned, you can make VOIP calls using the Hangouts Dialer app. If you just install the Google Voice app, it will give you the option to make calls through your Google Voice number using the cell network. This is what I do, since T-Mobile has spotty data coverage in a few areas I use my phone and I have unlimited minutes but limited data.
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Google voice one time $20 fee to port you number in. Ring.to $18/year

You can forward calls and sms and use cell min/sms or do it via your data plan or both.
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ring.to in my guess, starts charging.
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I also give Google Voice my vote.
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One more person voting for Google Voice.

I've had it for years and it is the only number I give out. LTE is not a necessity but a strong signal is ideal. With that said, on the off chance, I am concerned about cell reception in an area, I can fall back to making a call over the Carrier Cell Tower that uses carrier minutes, and easily mask the # so it looks like it was my Google Voice # that initiated the call
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we need data to supply google voice or something. Data is still expensive
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we need data to supply google voice or something. Data is still expensive
$30 for 5GB on T-Mobile. Couple that with Music Freedom and that should take care of the majority of users.
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