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Keeping Your Existing Number When Transferring Your Existing Phone System to VoIP

Aug 17, 2007
Today more and more people are taking up the various technological advances that present themselves. VoIP has exploded in the media with a subsequent leap in public interest. Associated with the increase in usage of VoIP, alongside the increasing variety of deals, the public has wanted to remain informed of all the necessary ways to go about selecting and operating the right VoIP package for them.

Most people feel the need to keep their existing phone numbers when changing their service to VoIP. On one hand this will mean they don't have to inform absolutely everyone they know of a new telephone number. But the large problem is that this process of retaining your number takes a lot of time, approximately 4-8 weeks. If on the other hand you have an existing wireless connection and seek a wireless VoIP connection with the existing number the whole change over process can be rapid, i.e. around 2.5 hours.

The wireless companies have agreed that 2.5 hours is what wireless to wireless porting should be taking. This kind of agreement may eventually happen, via the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), with regards to a faster transfer of landline to VoIP line.

By far and away the greatest amount of time can be attributed to the sheer number of people that must be informed so as to then take the important actions required. To begin with the majority of VoIP providers need to obtain a port request for their customer, next they must ask for the number to be ported from their leasing company, the leasing company then asking for the same number to get ported by the telephone company in existence. For there to be a confirmation of a port to the customer this series of steps then needs to be done in reverse. Often batches of requests are sent at any one time, a certain number of requests needing to pile up before they are then sent.

Your VoIP service is able to work before your number is ported so long as you use the number they temporarily provide. In general the existing telephone service should be continued until your number has finished being ported. Additionally the porting information that you provide should be correct or delays of up to a number of weeks could occur.

Porting your phone number can often be done completely on the internet of the VoIP provider, making the system really quick and simple.

Following this advice, as part of your VoIP induction process, should help iron out any problems typical of a fairly new technology.
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