Free or low-cost inter-NPA forwarding?
A listener-supported radio broadcast station has a telecom problem. Their local (212) pledge call-in number (for on-air fund drives) was just outsourced to an outfit in nearby (516), but they'd like to continue using their well-known (212) pledge call-in number if feasible.
What free or low-cost options exist for forwarding thousands of listener calls without incurring per-call charges, or for inexpensively porting the (212) number to the nearby (516) location?
Thanks in advance,
Could they receive the calls via SIP (internet)? if yes then I have a carrier in mind which will be happy to provide free service for this.
If they need to actually forward the calls via POTS then no provider can offer this for free at a large volume (because it's not free to them).
No, unfortunately the called party in (516) does not have internet connectivity at their site.
fukitolSolon for PresidentPremium
Sounds like someone's back got scratched - that, or whoever made the decision is an idiot. The station needs to solve the root problem, not just treat the symptoms.
What phone service(s) and equipment does the new company have? If their PBX is IP-capable, getting them some Internet service may be the best solution.
Else, if they have service from a CLEC via PRI, you may be able to hand calls to the carrier by IP, at a low cost. Or, the CLEC may be able to provide the 212 numbers with unlimited incoming (but at substantial cost per channel).
Assuming that the 212 is with Verizon (and the 516 number is local), changing the 212 to an RCF (remote call forward) may avoid per minute charges, though the monthly may be steep, depending on the number of concurrent calls that you need.
If all else fails, expect to pay about $0.005/min. for the outbound leg of your forwarding setup.