possible mobile number port workaround?

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sgrunspan
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possible mobile number port workaround?

Post by sgrunspan » Fri May 08, 2009 2:49 pm

Ooma doesn't port mobile numbers, at least not at this time. I was wondering if it were possible to first port my mobile to landline and then to ooma? This seems obvious but I haven't found it in the forums. Does anyone see a problem with this?

I would plan to park the number for 1-2 months through my local telco on some $10/month plan until I was a)sure the port from sprint to local telco was complete and b) the port from local telco to ooma finished.

any insight appreciated.

dmlanger
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Re: possible mobile number port workaround?

Post by dmlanger » Sat May 16, 2009 1:45 pm

some companies make you sign a contract and have a policy that you need to stay with them for a set amount of time. they dont like getting transfers in and then transfers out.

they're also will most probably be a new customer/account set up fee, porting a number fee and/or cancellation fees

take a look at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/NumberPortability/

trim81
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Re: possible mobile number port workaround?

Post by trim81 » Sat May 16, 2009 3:26 pm

I did not know that Ooma does not port mobile numbers...learned something new.

Anyhow, you have the right thinking.

Feel free to port it to a landline, or any other VOIP company and port it out.

fyi: to the above poster, you can simply use a prepaid cell phone (no contracts) as a porting hub ...tmobile prepaid cost like 10 bucks at walmart (or ebay)

daet
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Re: possible mobile number port workaround?

Post by daet » Sat May 16, 2009 8:49 pm

trim81 wrote:I did not know that Ooma does not port mobile numbers...learned something new.

fyi: to the above poster, you can simply use a prepaid cell phone (no contracts) as a porting hub ...tmobile prepaid cost like 10 bucks at walmart (or ebay)
No you can't - if the OPs assertion that ooma doesn't port cell phone numbers is true.

DG
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trim81
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Re: possible mobile number port workaround?

Post by trim81 » Sun May 17, 2009 2:11 am

Are you familiar with how porting works???

As soon as you port a number, the number becomes a number in a new CLEC.

In this case, the mobile number will no longer be Tmobile,ATT, sprint, or Verizon...

So from the new CLEC, the number is no longer considered a mobile number.

Again, yes you are able to port it

daet
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Re: possible mobile number port workaround?

Post by daet » Sun May 17, 2009 2:36 am

trim81 wrote:Are you familiar with how porting works???

As soon as you port a number, the number becomes a number in a new CLEC.

In this case, the mobile number will no longer be Tmobile,ATT, sprint, or Verizon...

So from the new CLEC, the number is no longer considered a mobile number.

Again, yes you are able to port it
I'm fully aware how porting works. My reading of the telecommunications act of 1996 is that wireless carriers are not CLECs, and this is why there is a general issue with porting a mobile number to a land-line (and I assume the reference is to an ILEC here).

But I am equally sure that this should not be an issue with a VoIP carrier.

So, if wireless carriers are not CLECs, and if ooma doesn't port cell phone numbers, then simply moving a number from one wireless carrier to another doesn't help you at all.

But apparently you have some information that a pre-paid wireless service is a CLEC - I don't understand how, so could you direct me to something on the web that explains it .....

Thanks.
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