number portability

Discussion in 'UK VOIP' started by, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. Guest

    i am the guy who asked a question a few weeks ago who lives in New York with
    have a flat in Central London who just moved a few hundred yards away. I
    need to retain the number we have had for fifty years and naturally BT won't

    I had OneTel in the UK and they make it pretty impossible to contact them,
    though I am sure they will transfer the number for me if the request comes
    through a VoIP service

    As was advised here, I can sign up to Vonage in the UK and THEY NOW CONFIRM
    that I can bring my router over to New York and connect it up here in series
    with my US Vonage router and pick up all my calls to my old number from New

    However they report problems with number portability. They say they do not
    know when these will be resolved. Does anyone know what is going on or when
    I will be able to do this with Vonage or whether there is another VoIP co in
    the UK I can do all this with AND bring my telephone number with me? Or
    isn't this a possibility in the UK yet? (If so, how do I maintain my UK
    telephone number and prevent BT from giving it out to someone else?)
, Apr 11, 2006
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    ACDeag Guest expressed precisely :
    I do not believe anyone does number portability for VOIP yet, there is
    no requirement on anyone to do it and I am sure no one has set up the
    ACDeag, Apr 11, 2006
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  3. Gradwell do number portability from BT - see:-

    London numbers are in the range available for port.
    Colin Forrester, Apr 11, 2006

    ACDeag Guest

    Colin Forrester submitted this idea :
    I stand corrected. Thanks for the info.
    ACDeag, Apr 11, 2006

    PhilT Guest

    basically there is a requirement to "do it" irrespective of technology
    etc. There was an interim ruling to that effect last November.

    PhilT, Apr 12, 2006

    Ivor Jones Guest

    You can make a ruling that the sun mustn't shine at midday, that isn't
    going to make it happen..!

    Ivor Jones, Apr 12, 2006
  7. Guest

    You can make a ruling that the sun mustn't shine at midday, that isn't

    Although I agree with you that BT would try to make things as difficult as
    possible to do this, I have to report that in New York the same thing
    happened and all the Telcos were pretty much immediately forced to comply.
    The problem in England is that BT can stall anyone any length of time they
    want before implementing this service. Lord knows how Gladwell managed to
    do it, but they must be picking up a gigantic amount of business now if
    they are the only company which lets you use VoIP service with your old
    number while others only promise to let you do this at some unspecified time
    in the future. I am already in contact with their customer service (which
    responded to my enquiry immediately Colin told me about it) and am certainly
    signing up with them as soon as is conceivably possible!

    Let's see how easy this is in practice.
, Apr 12, 2006

    Oldie Guest

    So do Voipfone. They email you an Excel form to complete for the

    Oldie, Apr 12, 2006
  9. Guest

    Does anyone know if there is any difference between Gradwell and Voipfone?

    The latter seems to offer various options for users such as lower cost
    mobile phone usage using your mobile phone number and their system. Not
    sure I believe this, though it looks reasonable enough: "They all use clever
    tricks that enable Voipfone to set up your call for you then call you back -

    And they SEEM to be trying to replicate the skype service in some
    unspecified way. the bit of their site which tries to explain this seems to
    be exceptionally confusing to someone like me who has been using VoIP for
    sometime now and who also uses skype if it is blurring the distinction
    between the two. Or is it adding a service?
, Apr 12, 2006

    alexd Guest

    It's Gradwell actually. It all depends on who supplies your VoIP company
    with backhaul. Magrathea will port 020 numbers pretty easily. If you want
    to port anything else, you have to pay [on every incoming call] per-hop
    from the area code of the number you're porting, to London. Be aware that
    that last paragraph is a wild guess.
    If it was as easy as you think it appears to be, everyone would be doing it!
    alexd, Apr 12, 2006
  11. It's Gradwell, Gladwell was one of the people who designed the Delta Wing.

    They can do it because they pay for the transit of the call to london
    (which is why it is only available locally to London).

    There are other providers that support this eg. VOIPtalk.
    Thomas Kenyon, Apr 12, 2006
  12. Did anyone else see that from the end of this month the list of area
    codes supported by voipfone for porting is increasing.

    Looks like a ruddy great long list of codes, sadly only covering one of
    the numbers I want to port. (home one not work one).

    Of course if Gradwell will be offering the same service, I think I'd
    rather spend my money there (even though afaict the voipfone service
    costs only £2/month).
    Thomas Kenyon, Apr 12, 2006
  13. Sorry, my mistake, a quick sort through the list and I found it.
    Thomas Kenyon, Apr 12, 2006

    news Guest

    Voipfone's mobile callback service works very well. I have used it
    several times. What happens is this:

    1. You call Voipfone on a London number from your mobile.

    2. The number is always engaged (so no charge), but by calling it,
    Voipfone discovers your mobile number. You clear the call.

    3. Voipfone calls you back on your mobile a few seconds later.

    4. Your mobile rings. You answer the call, and get a new dialtone from

    5. You dial the number you want to talk to. Voipfone connects you to
    that number.

    You finish up paying for the call from Voipfone to your mobile, plus the
    call from Voipfone to your other party.

    The process is a little cumbersome, but can save quite a bit of money,
    especially when you want to call an overseas number from a UK mobile.

    The residential customers page is simply talking about a free
    introductory offer to the Voipfone service, and has nothing to do with
    Skype or Skype-like services.
    news, Apr 13, 2006
  15. Guest

    (so that wouldn't necessarily work from my US mobile: though clever, it
    might defeat the very purpose it was designed to achieve? I must check on
    this though, it does sound like a good idea which could work as my US
    mobile firm does charge a fortune for international calls)
, Apr 13, 2006
  16. Guest

    Actually my line is an 020 number and voipfone does look like the more
    useful service if it works, and cheaper too if all I want is to preserve the
    fairly small number of calls which still come through to my old London
, Apr 13, 2006
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