What does it mean to unlock my Google Voice number?

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I just saw this in my settings for the first time. What does "unlock" mean for a GV number?
 

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I have never heard of a company "locking" a number, only a phone/device. If you don't get a satisfactory answer here, reach out to Google Voice customer support for an answer.
 
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3.00 charge to port your number out.
UNLOCK.
 
Locking a GV number will prevent any attempt to port the number away from GV.
Look under GV settings, the lock status is indicated. You can unlock the number if you want to allow it be ported out from GV.
 
Locking a GV number will prevent any attempt to port the number away from GV.
Look under GV settings, the lock status is indicated. You can unlock the number if you want to allow it be ported out from GV.
Looks like you need to do this in GV on a computer (or maybe phone browser).
Doesn't seem to be in the GV phone app.
 
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