Porting a US Number
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You can port one or multiple numbers within one port order. Please note that in order to port multiple numbers in one order, all the numbers must be on the same invoice and belong to the same account with the losing provider. They must all be associated to the same billing telephone number; if the information is somehow different, you will need to start another request. The fee is Free (For limited time). You cannot mix toll-free numbers and local numbers on the same order.
Please note: The porting process takes from 2 to 4 business weeks depending on how cooperative and/or busy the losing carrier is.
In the following lines you will find all the necessary steps to port an existing US number from another provider to VoIP.MS
Before starting the port process, it is very important to verify if your number can be ported to the VoIP.MS network, please confirm this at http://wiki.voip.ms/article/Porting_a_Number#Check_Availability []
First you need to read our notes and conditions for the port. The first line confirms you are porting a Local US number.
Now you must enter the number(s) you wish to port. By clicking on the Question Marks next to the fields, more details will be available. If you have more than 1 number with the losing provider but you only want to port one or some of them, you should check on YES at this section and then type the list of services and/or numbers that will remain with the current carrier and what is to do with them (disconnect them, keep them as it is, etc.)
- Please note that some carriers do not allow this and demand that what is left with them must be either cancelled or ported.
If you want to port all of them, you have to check on NO at "Partial Port" and you should enter all the numbers at "DID Number(s) to port" .
When this has been done, you will need to specify if the numbers are for a residence or a business use. If you are going to port a mobile number you have to provide the 4 last digits of the SSN and PIN Number.
Now you should enter all information required. It must be exactly as it appears on the the losing carrier's CSR (Customer Service Record). Please note that your Customer Service Record can differ from your billing information. If you are not sure what the CSR information is, please contact your current service provider to request the CSR as it's the most important information to raise the chances of having a successful port.
If you are planning to port a number under a different name than yours to a VoIP.ms account, you must fill the porting request using the information as it appears on the CSR. It does not matter if the name on the losing carrier's account does not match with the information at VoIP.ms, remember that we need to match the information the losing carrier has.
The "Statement Name" Field is for Business Numbers only, please enter your Business Name if applicable, otherwise please leave blank.
You must enter the Service provider's name, which is your current carrier and the Customer Account # that you have with the current carrier.
Now you need to upload a scan of your latest hand-signed invoice from your losing provider. Please place your signature on a Blank part where there are no elements interfering with it. If the provider of the number does not provide an invoice, you can take a screenshot from the losing carrier's portal that shows the number to port and the customer information, the screenshot must also be hand-signed.
If you would like to include any comment or additional information to this port. You can do it at the Notes/Comments field.
If you want your number can be updated on CNAM/LIDB database information, you can leave a note in the porting request, stating you want to have the number ported with a carrier that supports this process, our LNP Department will arrange with the provider to have it ported to one that supports the caller ID name update process (CNAM), note that this does not guarantee it can be done, since not all the numbers can be allocated with a carrier that support it. Please inquire the LNP department of the regular support staff about the cost of adding the number to the CNAM/LIDB database
The system will show you the number(s) are going to be ported, the porting fee per number and the Total amount that will be debited from your balance. Please confirm that all information is correct.
After this, the port process will be completed and your request will be sent to the LNP Department on VoIP.ms
LNP Department will process your request and they will email you either requesting more information if needed or just to confirm everything is correct and will give you a FOC Date for your port as soon as the losing carrier confirms this information.
Please note that some carriers can take some hours to completely update their routes when a number has been ported and this could cause random situations with your number at your FOC Date.
Please contact the support department if a ported-in number is still unreachable from some providers after 24 hours since you were advised that the port had completed.
Thank you for your understanding.