Unlimited Plan versus Google Voice?

Posted Jun 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm in Threads > Opinions

This is going to sound like a stupid question and I’m anticipating getting beat over the head for even asking, but I’m considering giving up my unlimited plan on Verizon in order to port my number out to Google Voice (and save some cash).

Hear me out before you start yelling at me. As of yesterday I’m out of contract on Verizon and my initial inclination was to use my subsidy to pre-order a Galaxy S 3 as I can still keep my unlimited plan at the moment.

Then Verizon released the details on their new plans and while I realize those plans don’t work out for everyone I’m on a pooled family plan in which there are 6 of us, 4 with smartphones and 2 with feature phones. The other three smartphones use less than 1 GB between them and I use approximately 4-6 GB most months. Even assuming I overkill and get the 10GB plan I would be bringing our monthly bill down by about $30 and there is little to no chance I would run into that limit.

I’ve wanted to port my number out to Google Voice since before that became publicly available. I’ve had my Verizon number for almost 15 years now and I can’t bring myself to try to get everyone to adjust to using a new number so I’ve never been able to fully convert to it. I also of course review phones on a fairly regular basis and having to carry two phones with me during those times in order to not miss calls on my “real phone” is just obnoxious (Yes, 1st world problems).

So option 2 is that I port my number out to Google Voice and kill my original unlimited line with Verizon and proceed to open up a new line with an SGS3.

I’m pretty torn between the two so I’m tossing it out to see what you all think.

  • CJ LaFleur

    port it. that’s an easy decision. its not worth paying for calls and texts when you can get that free over the internet imo.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      That’s true, although I’m just going to end up with unlimited calls and texts on Verizon anyway with their new plans.

      Did you port your number to GV or do you use one extensively?

  • CJ LaFleur

    I use google voice a lot. I don’t currently have an android phone. I am getting a gs3 and may just port my number. At the very least I’m gonna use it instead of buying a texting plan. Maybe I’ll get more data too.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    You know you can port it without killing your line (and unlimited data), right? I’m not sure if that’s an option you want to consider but it is an option. Just move the number to another line that you’re willing to kill (maybe it’s a new line that they waive activation for) and then port it from that line to Google Voice.

    I know this doesn’t exactly answer your question but I just wanted to make sure you knew this was an option. This is a fairly common thing to have done and I’m willing to bet that whoever you pre-order the SGS3 from will be willing to have the activation fee on the new dummy line waived.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I would do that if I could, but the rest of the lines are on contract so I have nowhere to port them to. If I created a dummy line I’d be stuck paying for it unless I’m missing something which is certainly possible.

      • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

        I think you have 3 options (of course, verify this with VZW and don’t trust me – I could be wrong):
        1) Pre-paid – Open one of these, accept that you’re going to eat the $20 cost, transfer your ph# to it, and then port it to GVoice.
        2) Just create a new line, not on your family plan, transfer your number to it then port it out/cancel within the first 14 days and you get a full refund minus 1/2 the monthly service cost.
        3) Go into a store and ask a sales rep. I’m sure they do this sort of thing all the time and they may have better ideas, even!

        • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

          I’ll go with 3 and report back on what they say. I’ve talked to reps before and they always led me to believe that the mere act of transferring your number was sufficient to kill your account in their eyes. Now whether that’s true or not I don’t know, but I’m obviously limited by what they will do for me.

          Thanks for the advice regardless.

          • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

            Well, porting out your number does kill the line (not account unless that’s the only line in the account). The trick is making sure the number is on a line that’s okay to die first. They can move the number from line to line with relative ease prior to you porting it.

  • Ruby

    Has anyone ever managed to port an approved cell number to google voice without having a phone contract? My old cell is dying and I want to save my old cell phone number without buying a new phone and expensive contract. I’ve been using a test google voice number on my ipad and ipod with pretty good success for the last two months.

    I tried to initiate the porting process, but google won’t let me proceed without providing Sprint contract info. So… it’s not exactly cheap with a $100+ month contract!

  • Matt

    I am using Google Voice on my Evo lte. I used it because the native messaging app was sending me repeats of texts and i got it replaced and it still kept happening so when i switched to GV its stopped and now i use it all the time. When i downloaded GV to my Nexus 7 it took my texts and ported them to the N7 which i thought was cool and now i text on my evo or N7. Downfall is when i get a call i have to press 1 to answer. i havent figured out how to bypass that part but its not a big deal either.