Most of us tend to use the same phone number for many years. As a result, this phone number often becomes the identity of the user. This is why most of the people are not willing to abandon their old phone numbers while switching to VoIP. Fortunately, in most of the cases, it is possible to continue using the same existing phone number while switching over to a VoIP service provider.
The feature that allows users to retain their old phone number even after a change in service provider is called portability. The Federal Communications Commission, an independent body that regulates television, wires, radio, cable, and satellite communication in the US, requires all US-based VoIP service providers to offer number portability. Most of the VoIP service providers now offer this facility for free.
However, it is important to note certain things while porting a number from a traditional or VoIP service provider to another VoIP service . Though porting is always possible, some service providers may charge for porting the existing number. On the other hand, there are companies like Cebod Telecom that offer free porting facility to all their customers.
Also, please remember that the owner’s personal records must remain unaltered with both the service providers. Number porting is not possible for the traditional phone numbers when shifting to a new location because this will result in a change in the area code. With VOIP, you can move business from New York to Chicago and still keep existing phone number with New York area code.
Cebod Telecom provide its customers with preconfigured VOIP phones with temporary phone numbers until the porting process from the previous business phone service vendor is completed. Once the transfer is completed, the ported phone numbers start working without any additional configuration or downtime with their business phone service.