Number portability is the process of moving your phone number from one phone service provider to another.
Number porting was mandated by the FCC in 1996. The mandate required all the carriers in the top 100 market places to be LNP (Local Number Portability) capable and to port numbers to any carrier sending a bona fide request. Number portability was essential for real competition to exist in the telecommunication industry.
Now, number portability is available everywhere and consumers can port a phone number from wireless to wireline, wireline to wireless, wireline to VoIP and all the other combinations.
The following are some rules and tips that could be useful if you’re taking your company through the porting process:
Number portability has added another step and time to business phone service orders but since its inception pricing has come down and technology has increased significantly, as companies compete for new customers.