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Changing to Google Voice

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#1 PianoMan55


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Posted 21 April 2018 - 09:24 PM

I seem to have a problem comprehending the Google voice stuff. I've read the pros and cons, using my current number, all that. Do any of you know how, if possible, to change my landline number to my cell number? I want to keep Cricket since it is now a part of ATT and using the same system, but Frontier is killing me. I want to drop it because every time I call to get the bill reduced it keeps going up. I had a lot of stuff taken off my Frontier services, they turned around and added a bunch of stuff, and now it went from 165.00 to 272.00. ???????HUH!? Last summer they kept telling me fro 4 months that I had not paid my bill. Sent some dude out 3 times to disconnect it, my dog alerted me to someone outside, caught him, and, well, let's just say I only give two strikes and then I made my point clearly known. They are a terrible company to deal with.

Tell me if I'm thinking right on this, but with Direct TV, keeping Frontier Internet, and using Google Voice, I can save 135.00 month. So, if I can have the landline and cell numbers the same, that would be great. If not, no one except some friends have the landline number. It is just for backup in case my phone crashes. (Sorry, did not mean to be TMI) :bananas:​  :crazy:

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 11:43 PM

Hi PianoMan55,


I sure feel your pain with your ISP raising your plan rates! It has happened to me as well, and unfortunately in many cases you're trapped. Do you have an alternate source where you can compare package plans? Regarding having your cell phone number being the same as your landline,  you would need to ask your cell phone carrier (Cricket) if they use a “porting process” to transfer your landline to your cell phone. Here’s some information I found:

Read here: https://www.fcc.gov/general/wireless-local-number-portability-wlnp#wireline



Can consumers port a wireline number to a wireless phone?

  • Wireline-to-wireless porting is possible in some cases. Consumers interested in porting a number from a wireline to a wireless phone should check with the prospective new wireless carrier to see if wireline to wireless porting is an option for them.
  • If you port a number from a wireline phone to a wireless phone, your wireline long distance carrier will not move with you. Your long distance service will generally be provided by your new wireless carrier.
  • Pursuant to a court-ordered stay, most small wireline carriers currently are not required to port numbers to wireless carriers until the FCC completes and publishes a study about the effect of the porting rules on small carriers.
  • After the FCC completes and publishes its study about the effect of the porting rules on small wireline carriers, these carriers may still have an exemption from the porting requirements if they have received a state waiver. The law permits state public utility commissions to grant certain small wireline carriers waivers from the number portability requirements. Customers who want to port a wireline number to a wireless phone and are told that they cannot should contact their state public utility commission to find out whether their wireline carrier has been granted a waiver. Click here for contact information for state commissionsOpens a New Window.. <-End snip->

And here: https://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/numbport.pdf


Regarding Google Voice, from what I have read in one article, you would need to have a landline for the service to work.


<-Snip> Google Voice handles this by linking with the PSTN (traditional landline telephone system) and the mobile network to hand over the calls. It works the following way: Any call initiated through Google Voice necessarily has to pass through the PSTN, the traditional phone system. But the PSTN doesn’t do all the work.The call is then handed to the Google space on the Internet, which is where the ‘numbers are pooled’. Say the call is directed to another Google Voice number, that number is identified within Google’s numbers, and from there, the call is sent to its final destination. <-End Snip->


Source where you’ll find the complete review:



(No worries about TMI! It's never a problem to give as much information as possible! (On a separate note, would you explain what this symbol you use means: â€‹ ) Thanks!






#3 PianoMan55

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 02:01 AM

As usual, I was not thinking straight. What I should have asked was, can I use my regular landline-type phone with Google Voice. Can I somehow, using adaptors, pick up my regular phone and make and receive calls through Google? And can I keep the same landline number I have now. I will keep Cricket and leave it as-is. I just want to get rid of the $30 charge for a phone I rarely use. Surely there are adaptors for this. I assume I would need to add a card to convert the phone signal to computer-speak. Is this possible, like in the old days when we had to use a phone modem to connect to bulletin boards and such, and place the handset on the modem?
As for the symbol in my last post: you got me, dude. Wondered the same thing myself!!! Duh!!🤔😆

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:23 AM

You can do it by porting your land line to Voice but you would need to purchase a box and a monthly fee for 911 service as Voice does not have 911 included. There is a middle step though. You first need to port your landline number to a burner phone and then from there to Voice as Voice does not allow porting from a landline. One you have the landline ported to a cell you can immediately port from the cell to Voice. I would recommend doing it through a company like Tello as they do not charge for activation and you can get a cheap phone through them.












Note: With Google Voice you can forward your landline phone number to your Cricket Phone avoiding your the use of a OBI box and 911 service. When someone calls your landline number Voice will automatically ring your cell. With Voice if you had other cell phones you could also have Voice ring them if someone calls the landline number you ported to Voice. 

Edited by JohnC_21, 22 April 2018 - 06:46 PM.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 06:31 PM

One thing I should mention is that you cannot make calls from any phone to which Google Voice forwards that will show the Google Voice number as the outgoing number on caller ID at the other end.  Any device that has its own number will show that number if you use the usual method to place a call from it.


The exception to this is if you have a smartphone that also has Google Hangouts on it and you have set up your Google Voice to handle calls and SMS (texts) through Hangouts.  If you then install Hangouts Dialer you can use Hangouts to make outgoing calls with your Google Voice number.  This means you have to have internet service, though, whether via WiFi or a data plan from your cellular service provider.


I've been using Google Voice via Hangouts for some years now on both my computer and my smartphone, and for a number of years the smartphone did not have cellular service.  I relied strictly on the near constant availability of a WiFi connection at that time.


Your Cricket phone should have 911 service and, if you're not wed to the number you have on it, you could port your landline number to it.  You could also do a double port where your Cricket number would become your Google Voice number and your landline number become your Cricket Number.  Doing a port such as this almost guarantees that you will have at least a day or so where one of your existing numbers will be out of service as both ports happening simultaneously, down to the day and hour, is highly improbable.


Having worked for one of the nation's major telecommunications companies in the 1990s makes me all too familiar with porting.

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