Google Voice lets you change your digits, keep the old ones for $20 and you were given a 90-day grace period to receive calls and texts to your old number after making a change. The feature is not a major new offering, but it could help a select number of users who want or need two different Voice numbers and any person who calls or texts a newly permanent secondary number will automatically forward to the newer Google Voice number……….
Google announced that Google Voice users that port a number over from a carrier can opt to keep their old Google Voice number forwarding to the newly ported number beyond the 90 days typically offered and if you wish to keep your original Google Voice number after porting, you will have to pay a one-time fee of $20. For this feature you will need to go to your account’s Settings tab and click on make permanent to initiate the process. While most people availing of this service were likely thrilled to have the option of returning to their much loved and well-known number, it presented a new issue for those who had slowly begun to adopt their Google Voice number as their main contact number. After 90 days, anyone contacting that number would no longer be able to reach them, as it would have been returned to Google. People changing their Google Voice number, porting their number to Google Voice or utilizing Sprint/Google Voice integration can now keep their old number for a one-time fee of $20. “Since many Google Voice users grow attached and become closely associated with their Google Voice numbers, we’re making it possible for users in any of the scenarios above to permanently keep the previous Google Voice number on their account,” writes Google engineer Eugene Goldfarb. “This means that calls made and text messages sent to your previous number will still reach you, however, your new primary Google Voice number will display on caller ID when you make calls or send text messages.” Outgoing messages and calls will register as coming from your new number, but any replies or calls sent to your old number will still be received.