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Google Launches Number Porting for Voice, Hiring in 2011

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Multiple-device fatigue got you down? Google’s new Number Porting feature for its Voice app will allow you to consolidate phone numbers and make being reached easier than ever.

For $20 – plus cancellation fees from your current wireless provider – you can switch your existing number to Google and reroute it to your computer, mobile device, work phone or home phone. Google Voice already offers call forwarding for current users.

Other than porting, Google Voice has a few new features: it will transcribe and email you content of voicemails, and it allows different rules per caller, such as sending incoming calls from certain numbers directly to voicemail. To learn more about how the process works, visit the Voice help page.

Google’s plans are grander than owning more phone numbers. Hiring more than 4,500 people in 2010, Google has plans to expand even more this year.

“I am excited about 2011—because it will be our biggest hiring year in company history,” Alan Eustace, SVP of engineering and research, wrote in a blog post. “We’re looking for top talent—across the board and around the globe—and we’ll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science: like building a web-based operating system from scratch, instantly searching an index of more than 100 million gigabytes and even developing cars that drive themselves.”

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