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Google Voice is an amazingly powerful tool, but there are some reasons you either might not want to use it, or avoid porting your existing phone number. We discuss those reasons in this article, and you should consider them fully before embarking on a number transfer.
If you’re not forced to move your landlines, then you need to determine if it’s worth the risk. Here’s are some things you should consider:
|Reasons to port your number||Reasons to avoid porting your number|
|You can easily route calls to any phone you want||The process is fraught with risks and there’s a chance things could go bad|
|You can filter incoming calls||If you have DSL on your landline, you may not be able to stop voice service and keep your DSL service|
|You can keep your existing number if you move, even across the country||If you just want to move your number but don’t need the rest of Google Voice services, you can port without going through Google Voice|
|You can be reached wherever you are, not just at home or at work||Google Voice isn’t as reliable as a landline|
|You can give out one number where anyone can reach you at any time||You never know how long Google will support this service|
Google Voice has two helpful options for getting your messages, beyond logging into the Google Voice Web interface. The system can (with some degree of amusing semi-accuracy) transcribe your voicemails and email them to you. It can also email you SMS messages (in addition to passing your SMS messages on to your phone).
But is it really right for you its upto you to decide.
Source: Associated Press