I'm wondering if anyone has any opinion or experience with this..
I'm thinking of porting a BT PSTN geo landline number (0208 prefix) to a new VoIP account at OVH .. and according to OVH they can port , hopefully that includes BT.. cool.. but, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with porting numbers *from* a VoIP provider - either to another VoIP provider, or back to a BT landline?
I don't have the OVH VoIP account yet, so I could always port to another VoIP provider, but I was just wondering about VoIP to VoIP porting and VoIP to BT porting.
It's my sister's number and it's an easy to remember number so I was hoping to help her keep it when she moves flat, maybe (one day) town, and maybe (one day) country.
I'm not so sure OVH can do porting yet - they said they can't in a forum post  - and link 2 above I got from Google and not through any links I could find from link 1 above.
Ok, I'm now considering sipgate.co.uk in that case.. I'm still reading their T&Cs but on the surface it looks like I may be able to port the number to them and not pay anything on a monthly basis (use it for incoming PSTN calls only) - there is a porting fee, and I'll be using another VoIP provider for outgoing calls (a betamax clone), so maybe I can use sipgate for free.
Worst case, porting back to a (new) BT line may be possible .
I think I may have found the answer, in theory :
"Geographic Number Portability Import enables the customer of an Other Licensed Operator (OLO), to transfer the number associated with their fixed telephony service from the OLO to BT. A telephone number which had previously been exported to the OLO from BT can also be imported."
"Previously exported BT numbers may be returned to BT, this service is not limited by agreements with the OLO."
So, the question remains: Does anyone have any experience of doing this?
Edited by DonP (Fri 01-Jul-11 02:35:30)