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!