I gues I'm reserecting the following topic
My Illusions of Number Portability...
I called Telecom on 123 today and asked if Telcom could use the NP process to "port" a number from one exhange to another (within the same local calling area).
My angle on this question was that I wanted to re-assign my current landline in the Titahi Bay exchange with a number at the Whitby exchange. Currently the Whitby number is CustomerLink'd to the Titahi Bay number and costing me $22.50 per month plus 5c per minute. This cost is on top of the cost of the Titahi Bay line.
After speaking to the next level of support the 123 guy said that they could not do it. I asked whether there was a marketing reason or a technical reason why he couldn't do it and he said he didn't know and he was just told they could not do it. I noted an infliction of tension in his voice and didn't push further.
The ironic point here is this:
If I changed telcos to (eg) TelstraClear, it would be possible for TelstraClear to port the Whitby number to the Titahi Bay line and I'd be $22.50 (+ 5c per minute) better off every month (assuming all other service costs being equal).
Why do I have to change telcos for this to happen ?
I do undestand that my angle here was not the reason NP was implemented. I know NP was implemented to allow numbers to be ported between telcos as along as the original number and the destination line are in the same local calling area.
FYI those outside Wgtn - Titahi Bay and Whitby are suburbs of Porirua.