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New CRTC rules: 2-day provider switch.

I'm new to voip.ms, but I'm curious as to how fast it's been recently to get a landline phone number moved over.

Here's the CRTC's recent rules:
»crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2011/r1103 ··· 0318.htm

CRTC makes it easier to switch between providers of broadcasting and telecommunications services

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, March 18, 2011 —The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today simplified the process for Canadians who want to change providers for their television, home telephone, wireless or Internet services.

“In a competitive marketplace, consumers are always encouraged to explore different options for their broadcasting and telecommunications services,” said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC. “The new rules will make the transfer process a seamless and convenient experience, while enabling Canadians to benefit from receiving retention offers from their current providers.”

Consumers will now be able to switch service providers with only one phone call. Once it has obtained the proper consent, the new provider will make all the arrangements on behalf of consumers to have the services transferred over. The CRTC requires that customer transfers be completed within two business days, except for wireless service where transfers must be completed within 2.5 hours.

If they prefer, consumers can also cancel their services by contacting their service provider directly, which can make them offers to retain their business.

The CRTC reminds consumers that, when switching to a new service provider, they are still responsible for any termination penalties or other terms associated with their existing contract.

Additionally, the CRTC has established safeguards to prevent service providers from sharing confidential customer information with their internal sales and marketing groups during the transfer process.

Following today’s decision, the CRTC has also launched a new proceeding seeking views on whether these safeguards are still in the best interests of consumers and whether they limit a consumer’s ability to receive offers from a service provider.

Interested parties may submit their comments by April 18, 2011. They may do so by completing the online form, by writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, or by fax at 819-994-0218.


Scarborough, ON
Well I'm curious to see how my port from Bell Canada goes. Initiated on the April 17th, and have an FOC of the 27th.


Scarborough, ON
Well the port has happened as scheduled; so 17th to 27th.


reply to linear
Porting from telus - took almost 2 weeks.


Quebec, QC
reply to linear
From Vonage to VoIP.ms

Initiated 2011-05-28
Completed 2011-06-06

Not exactly 2 days but everything went very soothly so no complaint will come from me.

My Vonage period was ending on 2011-06-06, so the timing was perfect: I haven't had to pay an additional month.


Montreal, QC
reply to linear
Working #1 here like the CRTC asked. The porting was made in 2 days sharp. And indeed, I never had to do anything to cancel my account... Not one phone call!