Sagacious Himself — brevity in circumlocution: never blague — suffering genius

March 6, 2011

port OUT google voice number : google lies and revisionist history

Filed under: AYBABTG,DARPA,DIY,overview — Sagacious Himself @ 8:51 am

[update, possible now after this article published, see edit3 below]

have an awesome google voice number?  I do.  But I’m not to keen on having google be a silent third party [call bridging] on all my calls.  😦   Yes, that would be call bridging, the technology google uses to connect two OTHER parties to a phone call.   A company who profits from context “would never ever” transcribe all bridged calls to better target market you.. nooo.  Would you like to buy a phone-bridge?

http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/port-your-existing-mobile-number-to.html

The above ‘new’ article covers porting IN a number to google for a mere $20 vs the ZERO cost of most other providers but ‘conveniently’ ignores porting OUT a google voice number to another provider.. one who won’t monitor all your calls to datamine  your life — as with EVERY google “free” service

http://google.com/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=”port+out”+google+voice+number&ie=utf-8

Best of luck with that.  Some have claimed success.  419 anyone?  I now only use google voice for 419 scambaiting games

revisionist history: once upon a time there was a google help article on porting-out.  It has since become existentially challenged.  Dig around archive.org if you please.  OT: It is there you will also find my ownership/creation of the vast majority of uber popular stumbleupon groups.

of the many ITSP/voip providers I use here are a few you-people might like to replace google voice for personal/business use:

voip.ms : enjoy a bit of Engrish with a lower cost [less awesome route] service

les : lean, mean [kind], soooper reliable.  strongly resistant to offering other-than 5060 ports (a must have for those suffering fios cpe or gear raped by other cretinous fops)

vitelity : kind to pbx in a flash community

viatalk : self described as targeting the “average” user.  power users and the greater powers will be displeased with responses to feature/functionality suggestions.   The only ITSP in this subset.  Soon to sport an android application — already feature an iphone applicaiton.  really really need to offer vpn connections like ooma.

voicepulse : _NO_ they suffer from feature-coma and suggestion blackholing.  They did finally listen to someone’s adamant suggestion to integrate youmail.

future nine: hands on admin, not so web savvy, if only VZW had this kind of customer service

combine les/voipms/vitelity with a (hosted) PBX for best results.  Tinker with IVR tarpitting.. voicexml is fun.  Be sure to patronize Aaron’s SipSorcery.

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google not evil, you say?  Violating federal law is good??

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edit1: it is more probable if porting-to an industry heavy hitter.  names withheld to protect the overworked.

edit2: expanded GoogleVoice refugee options.  Ask for the “googlevoice refugee discount”

edit3: WIN!  google has been shamed/pressured into posting a help article describing how to “unlock”, pay, and port OUT a google voice number.  mwahahaha!

This help article was EXISTENTIALLY CHALLENGED prior to my blog post:

http://www.google.com/support/voice/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1316844

Be sure to select a payment method that does NOT volunteer identification information to the identity sucking, behavioral modeling, advertising entity that is hypocritically-evil google:

https://www.google.com/voice/unlock

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