February 21, 2013
I can't help but feel really picky about this phone number that I'm about to receive, because it's the phone number I'll essentially be using for the rest of my life (I plan on porting this number to Rogers once my cell phone usage increases). I've never had my own cell phone before.
I understand that once I activate my SIM card over the phone, I'll be given a random number. I also read that I can change my phone number for $10, but it's another random number, so I don't want that.
Is there any FREE service/company (like Fongo/Textplus) that I can port a number from? For example, when I made an account with Textplus (free texting app on iPhone/iPad), I was given a very nice list of numbers to choose from. And, if I wasn't happy with the list, I could RE-ROLL for a new list. Can I port the number that I chose over to Speakout? If not, can I do something similar with another service?
Thanks very much!
April 22, 2009
The way I understand it, the phone service provider has to release their number over for porting if there is a legitimate request and it is technically possible. A porting free may be charged, though that seems rare.
I have never ported over a text plus or Fongo number, though I have heard of others that have ported Fongo numbers. I do not believe there is a fee involved. I have bought myself a number from callwithus, and ported that number to Rogers. That cost me about $10.
Your best bet is to talk to Speakout and begin the porting process. Give them every bit of info you can from the provider you want to port from, you might even have to resort to giving login and password information. (so change your password to something less personal) Though normally this should take a few hours, it usually takes a weeks to port from these voip providers.
February 21, 2013
I guess if I like the number enough, I don't mind the porting fee. To me, that nice number is worth the ~$10 since I'll be using it for a long time.
But now that I've done a bit of searching, it seems to me like I'll have to do what you did, and go to "callwithus" or another VOIP service to purchase a number and get it ported.
I found some decent numbers at callwithus & voip.ms, but do you know of another site that would have a larger selection?