I'm tired of paying for my landline telephone. Usage of it is very light with wireless almost completely carrying the communications load.
The thing is that I've had this landline telephone number for many years. I'd hate to see it go.
Years ago I switched it from traditional POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) to VoIP, which cut costs by almost half. Now the VoIP provider has let miscellaneous taxes and fees creep the price up over the years to a level that I, again, don't want to pay. The VoIP company being constantly sued by the old POTS companies for providing something resembling a telephone service probably didn't help in that area.
Anyway, Google Voice could be a good solution as it would allow me to maintain the old telephone number at little to no out-of-pocket cost. The issue with Google Voice (GV) is that it can only take over mobile numbers, not POTS or VoIP ones. So, I'm going to try something that others have reported to have sometimes worked.
- Port phone number from VoIP to a cheapo pay-as-you-go cellular provider so it will become a mobile number.
- Let it settle into the system (propagate) for a few days.
- Try to then port the number over to Google Voice since it takes mobile numbers.
I'm still on the first step. I hear that the VoIP company is slow and reluctant to release phone numbers and will try hard to foul things up.
All this reminds me of changing domain registrars and/or web hosts on the Internet. If it gets messed up, your stuff can disappear into a black hole, and in the case of the phone service, it might never reappear.
If it works, Google Voice will become a front end for the phone number allowing me to redirect it to any phone I desire. The included voicemail and messaging services are quite good. Costs will become about zero.
Will the VoIP company ever release my number to the mobile provider? Will the mobile provider release it to Google. Will Google pick it up? Will I ever see the phone number again? 😆 The uncertainty of it all adds fun! I like messin' with stuff. I run Linux after all. :up:
Image below: The cheap-azz pay-as-you-go (paygo) cellular phone I'm trying to use as an intermediary in the porting process. It was under 10 dollars and includes some airtime. Hard to believe. I have several friends who use this company. For light users, they get a lot of bang for the buck.