5 thoughts on “Number Portability Comes To VoIP, Vonage Worried?”

  1. As a CLEC founder myself, I can assure you there has never been any technical barrier to number portability for VoIP carriers. They buy their numbers from ILECs and CLECs just like other commercial customers.

    However, execution on porting has been a labor intensive manual process, largely due to resistance by the ILECs and to a lesser extent the larger CLECs. Any business model involving a low unit revenue per month was rendered uneconomic if porting was to be supported.

    This is yet another case of the upstarts being made to look bad because of obstruction by the majors, upon whose infrastructure all competitors are still dependent.

    It’s one reason I hope the proposed * ITAD internet dial plan catches on. The more bypass of the legacy network, the better.

  2. Can someone suggest a service to port my number to? I’m currently using NetZero Voice which is shutting down next month, but I want to save my number.

  3. It may be official now, but I successfully ported my number from Vonage to Verizon 6 months ago. My home internet pipe just wasn’t wide enough to support VOIP.

    It went smoothly, except for that time a few weeks later when Vonage didn’t delete the phone number from their database after I cancelled the service, and they assigned it to someone else. Luckily that Vonage customer had the good sense to try his “new” number out first before giving it to all his friends and it was straightened out quickly.

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