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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / I'm moving to a different city and want to keep my home phone...options?

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Hawkeye Country

Thread crapping is unbecoming
Jul 14th, 2019 09:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

We have a lot of things tied to our home phone number, so I'd like to keep the same number.

We currently have phone service through Mediacom Cable (which is a voip service), but they told my wife we can't keep our same number when we move 20 miles to a nearby city.

I've read online that other voip providers claim I can keep my existing home phone number. I'm not sure why mediacom is different, but I'd switch to another voip service to keep my number.

Anybody have experience with this? Recommendations on hardware and/or providers?

Jake from PA
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Canonsburg, PA

They call me "Blind fingers"
Jul 14th, 2019 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Port to a cell phone.
You can go anywhere.

Gene from Tampa
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Tampa, FL

Press On Irregardless
Jul 14th, 2019 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's the FCC rules about number swaps

VoIP and Land and Cell

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Mesa, Arizona

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
Jul 14th, 2019 10:17 PM   Edit   Profile  


I ran into the same thing when I was staying with the same VOIP provider but moving to a different state. In my case, I was glad to get rid of the number (even though I'd had it for 24 years) because I was continually being inundated with robocalls.

When I transferred service I asked what numbers were available and I picked one VERY close to the previous one (except different area code, of course).

Jake from PA has the best suggestion (IMHO). Port that landline number to a cell phone

CAVEAT: I haven't read through the entire attached site.

Unless I'm reading it incorrectly, it seems that if you port the number to a cell there may be a way to forward onto a landline using Access Direct as a cloud forwarding service.

If that's the case, there are lots of hoops to jump through in order to keep the same number a viable one. I suppose whether or not it's worth the trouble depends on how much you want to avoid losing the old number.

Maybe this might work?

Contributing Member


Jul 15th, 2019 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve had Google Voice for about a year and a half. It is basically free — it works via an ObiTalk device (about $50 for the basic model); additional services are available (e.g., 911 service) for a modest fee. Here’s info about porting a landline number over to Google Voice:

External link

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Hawkeye Country

Thread crapping is unbecoming
Jul 15th, 2019 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

009 - Thanks. That link provides me with all the info I need to get ported. I ran through the checks and I can port mine using the two step process.


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