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Standard User jimbo174
(learned) Tue 08-Mar-11 15:33:19
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Who owns my telephone number


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Yet again I am going to rabbit on about telephone numbers and whether or not one can keep it whem moving to a different ISP. I have had the same tel number for about twenty years and, understandably, am reluctant to lose it. At present I am with Virgin Media, and pay them the line rental, before that I was with talk talk, and payed them the line rental, and before that with BT and each time I moved I requested to keep my number with the new ISP without any undue problem. Because I am now with VM then I am no longer using any component of the original BT wiiring ( am I correct on this ) so I assume that VM own my number. Am I correct in assuming that the wiring is the same as when I was with Talk Talk which was LLU. Obviously BT have'nt re issued the number because I am still using it but where does TT come into all this ? Am I correct in assuming that at the moment the BT original wiring isn't being used at all. So who actually owns my number and who can/will pass it on when I move to a new ISP? I hope there is an Open Reach reader who can advise me on this issue.
Standard User kwikbreaks
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 08-Mar-11 16:44:50
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The wires have nothing to do with it - the number is yours to port if you wish. The new phone provider may not be able to use it for some reason though so the port can fail. If it was once a BT number and you haven't moved house then I imagine getting it back on the BT network (regardless of who is doing the billing) should be OK.

That said there was a very recent thread where people were complaining about porting failures from VM to BT.



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Standard User kijoma
(member) Tue 08-Mar-11 17:04:40
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hi,

port it to a voip service such as voipfone.co.uk, then you can take the number with you, even if you do move!, change line provider, go wireless etc..

means your "number" then becomes portable , answer/call wherever you are that has internet

just a thought.

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Standard User normcall
(member) Tue 08-Mar-11 17:07:17
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Apparently there is an organisation that holds and issues all telephone numbers.
BT disconnected me once and after they decided it was in error, apparently I couldn't get my number of 30+ years back as it wasn't mine to have and this 'organisation' would have to be asked if it was still available (after 1 days disconnection!!!). It took three weeks to sort it out, don't ask me why.
Mind you according to BT, business, residential, open reach and everyone else are all separate and don't talk to each other and that's why you have to pay œ1.50 for yet another organisation to take your money. Strangely, they all share the same bank account.
Standard User hk11
(experienced) Wed 09-Mar-11 13:34:45
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As others have said the process is known as porting.

This link may or may not be useful :-

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/gc18r...

"consumers should not only have the ability to retain their phone number
(as they have had for many years) but should also be aware of this ability
and should be able to obtain number portability easily, reliably and
conveniently."

So far I've been unable to get any response from Ofcom. frown

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Standard User Ignitionnet
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 09-Mar-11 17:58:18
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I do, I bought it from a bloke in the pub for £200 after a few pints.
Standard User kwikbreaks
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 10-Mar-11 14:44:23
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Here's the "Janet & John" version...

http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/telecoms/servi...

Portability (Fixed lines)

At Ofcom we fully understand that your phone number is important to you.

If you choose to change providers, you want to keep that number and avoid any hassle for friends and family. If you’re a business, your customers will have your number in their phones and systems, and any change can also be very costly.

So if you’re staying at the same address and your number is active, your current provider must allow it to be transferred to a new phone company.

Whilst the new provider doesn’t have to accept this request, it is in their interests to do so. They should also make all the transfer arrangements.




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Standard User hk11
(experienced) Thu 10-Mar-11 15:34:13
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Strange as according to http://forums.thinkbroadband.com/talktalk/t/3977672-... this is just a plan not a reality. frown

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Standard User kwikbreaks
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 10-Mar-11 16:45:04
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As I said way back in my very first post in this thread VM have to release the number but there is nothing in place to force the new provider to accept it.

That is exactly the same as it says in the Ofcom text which I've posted.

Why are you having a problem understanding this?



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Standard User hk11
(experienced) Thu 10-Mar-11 16:49:37
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In reply to a post by kwikbreaks:
Why are you having a problem understanding this?


I guess I thoought someone might have sorted something out by now, but as usual the poor customer always suffers. frown

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