Telephone number portability?

Just out of curiosity, is phone number portability (like if you have an Ohio phone number and move to California, but want to keep the same number) available to landline markets, or is it just a digital thing?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    LNP (Local Number Portability) is absolutely available for landlines.

    But, not from Ohio to California (for PSTN landlines).

    Note what LNP stands for: "Local Number" portability. The "portability" part implies that the portability aspect of the phone number only applies to the Local Area of that phone Exchange.

    LNP was designed to facilitate fair competition between ILEC's (Incombent Local Exchange Carriers) and the competition from CLEC's (Competative Local Exchange Carriers). This way if a competing phone carrier (CLEC) wants to provide phone service in a given city area, LNP legislation guarantees that this CLEC can port a customers phone number from their current local phone company to the new CLEC carrier. Many people are reluctant to change carriers if they can't keep their old telephone number - Well, LNP is designed to facilitate people to change carriers and still keep their number. Before LNP legislation, the ILEC's (the Bells) wouldn't cooperate with the competition.

    The LNP guarantee is generally only provided for the "local area" from which the phone number originally is associated with.

    Now, that said, you can keep your Ohio phone number if you get service with a VoIP company like CallCentric, InPhonex, Vonage, Packet8, etc.

    With VoIP you can have phone numbers in any area code of USA/Canada. It doesn't matter where you live or where you move to. The phone number(s) you have with a VoIP carrier will work no matter where you live.

    So, if you want to keep your Ohio phone number when you move to California, here is what you can do:

    Before you move, sign up with a VoIP carrier that supports LNP from your Ohio phone exchange. Ask them to initiate LNP of your old phone number from your local telco. This process takes between 3 - 6 weeks. Once your number is successfully ported over to the VoIP carrier, you will now receive all calls to your old phone number through the VoIP service. Now, no matter where you move to, you will be able to receive your phone calls to the old number anywhere you have HighSpeed Internet service. Just plug your VoIP box into the Internet and you have phone service.

    Now, if you don't like the idea of fussing with VoIP equipment, not to worrly, you can still have VoIP, keep your old number, and still receive all calls on a regular landline, or Cell phone.

    Here is how:

    Before you move from Ohio, arrange to get a 2nd phone number on your phone line with your current telco. Sign-up with a VoIP carrier like CallCentric or InPhonex, etc. Initiate the LNP process with the VoIP carrier. Once you number is ported to the VoIP carrier, close the 2nd phone line service with your telco (but keep the new phone number as the remaining phone number).

    Now, with your VoIP carrier, you can set your VoIP account to FORWARD all incoming calls to your Ohio "ported number" to the local telco phone number you still have service with. So, you sill receive all calls on the landline. Or, have it forwarded to a cell if you have one.

    Now, once you're ready to move from Ohio, have your local telco service disconnected as one would normally do when moving.

    Now, when you get to California and get set-up with a new local telco service with a new local California phone number, just change the VoIP number forwarding to go to your new California phone. Now, anyone in Ohio can call you in California just as they used to call you in Ohio to the old Ohio phone number (it's now just being forwarded to California).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Just for cell phones (and even then if you keep the same number you will pay HUGE roaming charges). I don't think you can even keep the same number throughout Ohio, only certain cities.

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