R. Mark Clayton wrote:
> "news.rcn.com" <news.rnc.com> wrote in message
> news(E-Mail Removed)...
> > Despite everyone's insistence to the contrary, I have just discovered that
> > my BT number which I wanted ported to VoipFone is actually held by Onetel
> > (and as it was mine, naturally isn't being used, but Onetel says is
> > available to me. Except that BT wont let them have it's use as BT says
> > that the exchange is not usable any more by me. So I have to use a porting
> > service to get it onto VoIP)
> > VoipFone insists that they haven't got a porting agreement with Onetel so
> > they say they cannot ASK for this number to be ported to them. This seems
> > somehow illogical but I was wondering if there was any other way of
> > handling this porting problem? Does anyone else have a porting agreement
> > with onetel or do they need one or must I somehow port it back to BT to
> > port it to VoipFone?
> > Or does anyone know if Onetel is starting some VoIP service in the near
> > future?
> I think the problem may be to do with area of service.
> We tried to use two ports to get around the problem that BT w/don't offer
> out of area service anymore: -
> Step 1. Port BT number to NTL.
> Step 2. Obtain NTL line in desired area (still within 0161 director area)
> Step 3. Move number to NTL line at alternative location.
> At which point BT said - "no you can't" because if you give up NTL service
> and want to revert to BT, they w/could not provide service on the original
> location in another exchange area.
And if you had ported the number to a VoIP provider and simply taked
your ATA to your new address, what could BT have done?
Every day I am so grateful for VoIP. I really dislike some telcos.
> And if you had ported the number to a VoIP provider and simply taked
> your ATA to your new address, what could BT have done?
> Every day I am so grateful for VoIP. I really dislike some telcos.
I would have agreed with you on this but suddenly BT has started to go out
of their way to cooperate with me on all of this and confirm that the other
Telco can simply re-register the old number in their (my) name.
If anything goes wrong now, it must be voipfone's problem and I will report
back accordingly. I suspect everything is going smoothly? Haven't seen
whether Voipfone has the requisite knowledge/competent staff to do all of
this (they NEVER cite anyone's name in their reasonably friendly
correspondence) but ultimately have a strong suspicion it wont have been BT
causing the problem.