Will move about 8 km away, to a unit we own in Rosedale (Albany). I want to connect this to UFB.
It is one of a block of newish residential warehouse units – and the guys three doors along are having UFB connected this week (by Vodafone). One metre from each front door, there are large access plates in the driveway asphalt labelled ‘Telecom’ and, apparently, the next-door install is all happening from their ‘manhole’. Vodafone’s address checker says it doesn’t know… Chorus’s says UFB definitely there. So does the guy who’s having it installed.
We are going to be there for (at least) 12 months – so I’m liking Vodafone’s basic 30 plan (80 GB or unlimited).
So, I have a month – and I need help to plan this smoothly.
(1) I think I should get Vodafone started on connecting up UFB to our unit. It has ‘structured wiring’ and had a POTs connection until March – but has no current service (it’s vacant). Better to pay for a few days of ‘too early’ service, than to be late on the UFB install. Suggestions on how best to schedule this with VF ?
(2) I would love to take my number with me. Same LCA, but different exchange. Telecom says ‘no way’. Vodafone says ‘best effort’. Orcon says ‘of course’. Yeah, Right! I’ve read a lot of Geekzone threads about this – going back over the last 5 years – but none gave me an easy solution. Is there now any way to make this work ? using 3rd-party VOIP or other magic ? Yes, I know I can pay about $150 a year forever to have Telecom link it – but that’s such a 1980’s solution.
(3) If this is possible – what steps do I need to keep it working in the old house until I’m ready to shift ?
(4) Failing this, I could scrap out-bound land-line calls – and just ‘virtualise’ the land-line. Can anyone out there ‘port’ my number to a VOIP service which lets me direct incoming calls to an Android app ? Sort of half-naked BB ?
Any advice most welcome.