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Google Voice tipped to end in the next few months

It seems as though just yesterday Google and smartphone users were lobbying for Apple to allow Google Voice into the App Store – what a difference a few years makes.
A report is now circulating that Google is preparing to kill off Google Voice and integrate similar capabilities into the G+ Hangouts app.
Google has been working hard to get more people to use Hangouts, so eliminating Google Voice would be no real surprise. The voice service will be integrated into both the iOS and Android apps allowing the users to make voice calls as they would with the web version of the software.

Users will still be able to keep their current Google Voice their own numbers, although we aren’t yet sure if all the intricate features and capabilities of the service will make the cut.
9to5Google reckons that Google could make an official announcement at this year’s Google I/O conference.

Source: 9to5Google

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Land line port
By GeekWithFire on 3/19/2014 10:02:19 AM , Rating: 2
I've had my 20 year old land line number ported to Gvoice for the last several years. I sure hope the structure remains to continue to support this. I can't go knockin' back on AT&T's door ever since I told them where they could stick their $40 a month charge.

RE: Land line port
By Brandon Hill on 3/19/2014 10:15:56 AM , Rating: 5
AT&T when you come knocking on their door:

RE: Land line port
By CZroe on 3/19/2014 11:10:43 AM , Rating: 2
How did you port a land line? I would've done this a long time ago but they said you can't.

Anyway, I've heard these rumors for a long time and assumed that they were killing the app, not the service. Knowing DailyTech's history of misinterpreting things, I hope that's still the case.

RE: Land line port
By GeekWithFire on 3/19/2014 11:36:30 AM , Rating: 2
It's been a long time, but as I recall, here was the process: A straight port from a land line to GV failed at first. So I then ported the land line number to a burner phone (some sort of monthly cell...I don't remember who with....probably ATT). After a couple of days, I had Google Voice try the port again and it allowed it.

RE: Land line port
By Shawn on 3/19/2014 11:14:06 AM , Rating: 2
I use netTALK for $30/year. Works fine. I think you can port your number for a fee.

RE: Land line port
By Solandri on 3/19/2014 10:01:33 PM , Rating: 2
There are a bunch of services which do what Google Voice does (did). They just cost money, whereas Google made Voice free while it was "in beta testing." I use Anveo myself (I needed support for Canadian numbers). Callcentric and are the other two big ones.

These are by no means easy to set up and use. That was another thing Voice had going for it. If you want easy, be prepared to pay for it with services like Vonage and Ooma.

RE: Land line port
By kleinma on 3/19/2014 1:33:59 PM , Rating: 3
Now when your phone rings, you will be given a 30 second audio ad which you can skip after 5 seconds to actually answer your call.

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