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VoIP and Porting Numbers
LNP rules and obstacles
by Optimized 04:16PM Saturday Mar 26 2005
As Voice over IP (VoIP) sales continue to steadily increase, so have the number of consumer questions regarding the "porting" or transferring of current telephone numbers to new VoIP providers. There is an excellent discussion underway which covers the rules and potential obstacles of local number portability (LNP). Questions regarding LNP as well as any other VoIP related topic can always be discussed in our Voice over IP forum, stop in and check it out.

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shashinka

join:2000-09-16
West Boylston, MA

Verizon number ported to Vonage took 5 weeks!

I moved my Verizon number to Vonage. It took about 4-5 weeks. Beside the long wait I think it went really fine. I am still awaiting to see my next Verizon bill to make sure there are no surprizes. I checked my online account and everything looks great. I am glad I can get this kind of savings. Now I am paying $18 for what was about $30 with Verizon., I will be doing my grandmother's line next. She is going to save about $35 a month.

chaud
Serious Business

join:2004-07-09
Anderson, SC

Re: Verizon number ported to Vonage took 5 weeks!

Why did you port it?
We just got a new number, which saved us the hassle, and stopped annoying calls...

Nose1

@mindspring.com

Re: Verizon number ported to Vonage took me 4ever

I had been trying to move my number for about 4 months ...
Hellrizon always have an excuse...hell :(:(:(

chaud
Serious Business

join:2004-07-09
Anderson, SC

Re: Verizon number ported to Vonage took me 4ever

Then just get a new one. :p
TherapyChick

join:2003-09-19
Fayetteville, NC

Re: Verizon number ported to Vonage took me 4ever

A lot of people don't WANT a new number, which is why the LNP law was passed in the first place.

Say you've had your home phone number for 20+ years. You want to switch to VoIP, do you think you'd want to change your number? If you did, you would have done it anyway.

Changing your number can be a hassle, telling all your friends and family who already have it memorized, etc.

And as far as annoying calls goes, last time I got a new number, I got calls for over a year for a guy who had the number before I got it.

And with the "do not call" thing, you don't get many telemarketers now anyway.

TheDreamer

join:2002-01-17
Manhattan, KS

Re: Verizon number ported to Vonage took 5 weeks!

I ported my SBC number to Lingo....it took about 3 weeks. I was surprised it happened so quickly. There were some issues on the Lingo side, namely somewhere my number must of have been converted from online form to a handwritten request....and they turned a '1' into a '2'.

I did the port, because I didn't want the hassle of telling SBC that I wanted to leave them (considering I had reasons to be angry with them). Though the number everybody knows me at now (with a few exceptions) is a number that Vonage assigned me....
manifest4
bitches

join:2004-08-14
Hartford, CT
And then when grandma needs to call 911 and her internet conection is down and she dies how are you gonna feel?

VOIP is a great technology but not for everybody.

Mark Z
Premium
join:2002-10-14

Re: Verizon number ported to Vonage took 5 weeks!

said by manifest4:

And then when grandma needs to call 911 and her internet conection is down and she dies how are you gonna feel?

VOIP is a great technology but not for everybody.
Touche! I was thinking the exact same thing...:p
--
My Wheels
TherapyChick

join:2003-09-19
Fayetteville, NC

Re: Verizon number ported to Vonage took 5 weeks!

This topic is really about number portability, not VoIP's 911 issues. In the VoIP forum, there's tons of information about 911 and VoIP. Check it out, good stuff there.

AnnoyedAtPeopleScare

@shawcable.net
Please don't hijack this thread with the tired old, "no 911, no service when power fails" argument. If those features are SOOOO important to you anyways you'd already have a cell phone!

The rest of us simply don't care. Move on. Nothing to see here!
rdumont

join:2005-01-28
New York, NY
I don't have a land line. I wouldn't have a house phone if it weren't for VOIP. Therefore, I would not have 911 service except from my cell phone.

And if one's grandmother drops dead, it's not like she will be able to dial 911 on a land line, will she?
--
Robert C. Dumont

911sux

@dupont.com

Re: Verizon number ported to Vonage took 5 weeks!

Help! I've fallen and can't get up, or call 911, or get my number ported!!


Kommie
Premium
join:2003-05-13
united state
kudos:3
said by manifest4:

And then when grandma needs to call 911 and her internet conection is down and she dies how are you gonna feel?

VOIP is a great technology but not for everybody.
You must work for a telco

The Cable companies VOIP has TRUE 911

Fluker

@comcast.net

Re: 911

Maybe somebody can fill me in here...

My thoughts were that disconnecting your landline left you with just enough functionality to call your phone company itself and 911.

Also, if your SOOOO worried about 911, keep a cell phone plugged in someplace so that power/internet outages are not a problem. (The phone won't even need a carrier)

I can definately agree that its good to know that with a landline, a dispatcher sees your address before they know your name, but there are alternatives to having copper pairs running to your house. I myself have been SBC free since about a week after Comcast rolled out HSI in my area.

If I wasn't so careless, I would have my voip, modem, router, and a cordless phone all jacked into a ups.

bahhumbugg

@optonline.net
Get a temporary number... downgrade your verizon line to incoming and 911 only... they can't really make a profit on that.. so the longer it takes to port the number the more they'll have an incentive to port quicker!
Its not like they're receiving thousands of requests every day is it? Muahahahah, see what bogus charges like fcc line charge (what does that get used for anyways?) does to a customer over time...
As long as you have a cell phone for emergencies.. you should be covered. Its part of NY version of the american express card for phones.

FTCXtreme

join:2005-03-14
New Braintree, MA
I dont see a use for VOIP for me, but still it may be good for you, VOIP doesn't really off anythign you can't get with a land line, I mean you can set it so your landline reroutes your homephoen to your cell hpone and you can get your messages through a voicemail account, I dont really think older people shoudl get VOIP, Internet goes down, shit out of luck and dont them aler service things incase the fall down(that box with the help button on it) require a phone service. I personally would rather get my phone and internet from Verizon, Why pay for cable? Its nothing but a rip off if you dont have cable TV(wich is a ridiculous ripoff with bad reception).

Fluker

@comcast.net

911.......

Maybe somebody can fill me in here...

My thoughts were that disconnecting your landline left you with just enough functionality to call your phone company itself and 911.

Also, if your SOOOO worried about 911, keep a cell phone plugged in someplace so that power/internet outages are not a problem. (The phone won't even need a carrier)

I can definately agree that its good to know that with a landline, a dispatcher sees your address before they know your name, but there are alternatives to having copper pairs running to your house. I myself have been SBC free since about a week after Comcast rolled out HSI in my area.

If I wasn't so careless, I would have my voip, modem, router, and a cordless phone all jacked into a ups.
joleary

join:2003-07-07
Billerica, MA

Verizon - VoIP Number Portability 911

Well if VoIP was soo bad, why the hell is Verizon selling a VoIP Service? They don't have any issues porting the old PSTN number to their VoIP Service....
ericcolorado

join:2005-03-22
Denver, CO

VoIP Does Offer A Lot More Than A Landline

VoIP does offer a lot more than a landline. Here are a few things:

- I can take it with me when I travel overseas and make free local calls back home
- I absolutely love the click-to-call capabilities in Outlook. No more dialing for me!
- 7-8 way conferences, for free!
I could go on. I also know there are a lot more innovative and cool features coming.