Originally Posted by CPUNut
I've heard a lot of bad things about someone trying to keep there home phone number and have it switced to a VOIP.
Is there really anyway to make sure you don't loose your number if you do try to move it to a VOIP?
Some VOIPS say my # can be kept and some don't.
The primary reason some providers say your number can be ported and some say it can't is that it's really provider specific.
If they have service in your "ratecenter" (basically the area your phone number is in), they can usually do it. If they don't offer service in that area (or their upstream carrier doesn't), then they typically won't be able to port your number.
If you live in a small town, it's likely that some smaller VoIP providers may not provide service their and a national provider might be your option.
As a general rule of thumb, if the provider can offer a new number in the same city or town your current number is issued in, they can probably port your number. The best thing to do is decide on a carrier and have them check it.
Another thing that's important to understand with LNP is that when VoIP is involved, porting always takes time. With traditional landline or wireless service, porting is pretty quick. With VoIP, it will generally take at least a few business days and sometimes as long as a few weeks for a port to complete.