Keeping Your Number with VoIP: Understanding Number Porting

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Are you considering upgrading your business phone system to VoIP but worried about losing your current phone number? You're not alone. For businesses, maintaining continuity in communications is crucial. That's where number porting comes into play—a seamless process that allows you to keep your existing phone number when transitioning to a VoIP service.

What is Number Porting?

Number porting, or local number portability (LNP), is a service that enables you to transfer your current phone number from one service provider to another. In the context of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), this means you can switch from a traditional landline or mobile service to a VoIP provider without forfeiting your established business number.

How Does Number Porting Work?

Yes, you can keep your phone number when you switch to VoIP. Here's how number porting works. 

  1. Initiating the Process: Start by contacting your chosen VoIP provider, like Hilyard's Business Solutions. They'll initiate the porting process by requesting information about your current phone service.
  2. Verification and Authorization: Your current provider will verify the information provided and confirm your authorization to transfer the number. This step ensures security and prevents unauthorized transfers.
  3. Coordination and Timing: Once authorized, the technical aspects begin. Coordination between your old and new service providers ensures a smooth transition. The timing of the porting process varies but is typically completed within a few business days.
  4. Completion: Once the porting process is complete, your business can start using VoIP services with your existing phone number. Customers and contacts will continue to reach you using the same familiar number.

Benefits of Number Porting to VoIP

Switching to VoIP brings plenty of benefits. Here are some that you'll see when porting your number to your VoIP provider.

  • Business Continuity: Maintain uninterrupted communication with clients and customers during the switch to VoIP.
  • Cost Efficiency: Avoid costs associated with changing stationary, marketing materials, and notifying clients of a new number.
  • Flexibility: VoIP offers additional features like call forwarding, voicemail-to-email, and scalability for growing businesses.

Why Choose Hilyard's Business Solutions for VoIP?

At Hilyard's, we understand the importance of seamless communication for your business. Our business phone solutions not only include expert support for number porting but also offer reliable, scalable VoIP services tailored to your business needs.

Ready to make the switch to VoIP while keeping your current number? Contact us today to learn more about how number porting can benefit your business.