When starting your new VoIP business with V1, one of the first things you need is a phone number for a it. And one of the first steps you will take in your transition to new service is moving–also known as porting–your phone number from your current provider. Number porting is not as difficult as you may believe and with the V1 VoIP guide to local number porting (LNP), we can help you make sure that your porting process goes quickly and smoothly.
Q: What is Local Number Portability?
LNP is the process of transferring a phone number from one service provider to another whether it is a landline, wireless or IP. You can even port toll free numbers with V1 VoIP! In the the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Government mandated this ability to allow consumers to keep their phone numbers if they switched telephone providers and remain in the same geographic area. However, the Federal Communications Commission website lists a few situations where porting a number may not be possible. These include:
1) If you are moving to a new geographic area. This would not allow you to keep the same area code.
2) If you are using a rural wireline service provider, as some of these providers may obtain exemptions from the LNP mandate from state authorities.
Q: What’s the standard LNP process?
To begin the porting process, contact V1 VoIP provide us with each of the 10-digit phone number you wish to have us port. We usually require a copy of your most recent phone bill (dated within the last 30 days), so have that ready. A phone bill provides us the proof that you or your business owns the phone numbers that you want to port. Make sure the bill clearly lists:
The customer or business name
The billing / service address
The phone number(s) to be ported
Don’t have a bill? That’s not a problem! You can request a Customer Service Record (CSR) from the provider you are porting the number away from. The FCC also mandates that all telephone service providers must supply a CSR upon request by the customer. This document will list all of the above information. Once all of the paperwork is in, you just have to wait for the LNP process to complete!
Q: What’s the LNP pricing look like?
V1 VoIP charges a nominal one-time fee for porting your number(s) to ourdatabase, and we are one of the lowest around. This fee covers any paperwork that is involved in the local number portability process, as well as our time for retrieving your numbers from your current provider. For larger blocks of ported numbers, we also offer a discount.
Q: How Long Does the LNP Process Last?
Porting a local phone number typically takes 2 to 4 weeks, while porting a toll-free number can take 6 to 10 business days.
Do you have more questions about LNP, the process and provisions? Or are you ready to being porting numbers yourself? Contact V1 VoIP today and start the LNP process now!