Keeping your current phone number when you switch calls to BT. Your telephone number will stay the same - there's no need to change this when you switch back to BT from another provider.
There are three options available to you:
- Parking the number for safe keeping.
- Forwarding the landline number to your current cell phone.
- Placing the number on a new cell phone - like an old-school flip phone.
You can keep your existing landline telephone number when you switch if you want to. This is known as number 'porting'. If you want to keep your number, let the provider you wish to switch to know.
If you want to ditch your home service but keep your number, you can park it at Google for a one-time fee.
As long as your business remains in the same geographic area, the Federal Communications Commission guarantees your right to keep your telephone number even if you switch carriers. The process is known as porting.
Companies may charge you to port your number, but you can ask whether any fees can be waived or negotiated. Once you request service from a new company, your old company cannot refuse to port your number, even if you owe money for an outstanding balance or termination fee.
It doesn't just vanish. Instead, service providers will reuse the number, handing it off to someone else. This can happen sooner than you might expect. "Carriers must put numbers back into use within 90 days," Mark Wigfield, a Federal Communications Commission spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times.
In an emergency, a good old-fashioned landline phone has been regarded as the most reliable method of communication. When storms knock out power, cell towers often go dark, as do high-speed internet connections. Landlines, on the other hand, work without power or battery-operated phones.
Use home phone for all/almost all calls
Michelle Mitchell, charity director general of Age UK, says: "The landline remains an absolutely essential item for many older people. "Although more people of all ages use mobile phones, landlines remain the second most popular consumer good amongst older people."
There are only three providers in the UK willing to offer landline-only deals, and the others are BT and Virgin Media, with BT being substantially more expensive.
Re: Changing provider can't keep landline number
If your number was originally issued by BT Retail, then there should be no problems porting it out to Sky. You would need to ask Sky to takeover your line, and keep the same number, that is their responsibility, and BT Retail would not be able to help with that.
On average, a landline costs $42 per month. As to the VoIP phone hardware, you probably already have a cordless home telephone on hand, but purchasing a new one would cost about $40 for a basic model. So annual costs for landline phone service and hardware would be $544.
If you don't use your landline phone, Broadband only lets you have the broadband you want without the landline you don't. However, you won't be able to make or receive any incoming calls on your landline phone. This includes calls to the emergency services.
How to Get Free Landline Service. The government may provide free landline service to low-income households or other qualifying individuals. The federal Lifeline Program provides discounted phone and internet service to those who need the security of a phone line but can not afford the price.
The virtual local phone numbers can be diverted to any landline or mobile number in the UK or overseas, allowing the flexibility to run a business from anywhere in the world. By using the number search tool on this page, you can buy a local phone number with an area code that most suits your business.
In 2000 95% of homes had landlines, now that's fallen to around 80% of homes. But even in homes that have fixed line, many just have it because it comes as part of a package supplying broadband. A quarter of them don't have a handset attached.
You would have to become a BT customer, to get your number back. That is assuming that you are still living at the same address, or an address which is connected to the same BT Exchange building.
Maintaining the same phone number while changing phone plans or carriers is entirely possible. If you left a plan and did not hold the number for a new plan, it may be lost forever. The carrier maintains the number, however, and you can inquire about reinstating your old number.
When phone numbers are no longer used, they go into a number pool that all phone service providers have access to. Because of this, companies like BT can't make any guarantees about your number, even if your new home is located nearby.
Carriers don't want to port your numbers.
It's that simple. The longer a carrier or SIP trunk provider drags its feet giving up those numbers, the longer the company can keep charging you. So, given the opportunity, the losing carrier will nitpick, fuss and draw the process out as long as they can.