When I first signed up for GrandCentral a few years ago, I lived in a different city. As such, I had a different area code. And that was fine until I moved and Google, which bought GrandCentral in 2007 and subsequently put it on lockdown, prohibited me from changing it. I didn’t think much of it until my GrandCentral account magically transformed into a Google Voice account a few months ago, taking a good service and making it excellent. Unfortunately, I was still stuck with my old number. But now, there’s an option to change it.
The “Change your number” functionality, as spotted today by Boy Genius Report, is great news for users like me. Unfortunately, it will cost you to change it. There’s a one-time $10 fee, which in my mind is well worth it. Best of all, Google Voice will activate your new number right away and still keep your old one active and forwarding to the new one for three months.
What’s also nice is that in picking your new number, you can search by area code and by a word that you want your number to contain. So for example if I search for area code 408 and the word “tuna,” I can get a 408 number that ends in 8862 (”T-U-N-A” on a keypad).
Here are the details:
There is a $10 one-time fee to change your Google Voice number. Here is how it works:
- Pick a new number in the area codes we have.
- Pay $10 with Google Checkout, using your credit card.
- Your new number becomes active right away.
- Calls to your old number will keep coming to your Google Voice account for three months, so you have time to tell everyone about your new number.
We’re still waiting on number portability (the ability to use your existing numbers as Google Voice numbers), but this is a nice start.