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Topic # 151100 14-Aug-2014 06:38
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Scenario: Will be leaving my home of 30 years in 30 days. Have a Telecom land line and 80 GB ADSL via Browns Bay exchange.

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.


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  Reply # 1108097 14-Aug-2014 08:33
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Suggest you call up your provider of choice and ask them. You'll get a proper answer, not guesses by people who may or may not know what they're talking about.

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  Reply # 1108426 14-Aug-2014 14:29
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The answer is pretty straight forward so there shouldn't be any confusion at all.

If you move between NEAX exchanges and keep a POTS line you can't keep your number. You will be issues a new number but can pay for a customerlink to keep your old number forwarding to your new number.

If you move to VoIP you'll be able to keep your number no matter where you move, providing your location is within the same LICA. Technically speaking you're not allowed to use a number outside the LICA that it was issued, although there is clearly nothing to stop this occurring.


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  Reply # 1108429 14-Aug-2014 14:36
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All you need to do is put your number into a 2Talk account then deliver it on to an ATA which you can plug into the back of your router, ADSL modem, what ever.

2Talk account is $11.50 a month for 1 line, a bunch of minutes and your single PSTN (POTS) number.

A single port ATA is $65 dollars.

You can do all this yourself or allow an hours work for someone else to set it all up for you.

The benefit is that once you've got your number on your ATA you can then plug it in to what ever Internet router you like and your phone number just shows up.

Once your number is in the 2Talk cloud you can also cause it to ring on your mobile (at the same time as in your home) if you want.

The service comes with all the 'smart phone services' under the sun.  Caller ID, call waiting, voice mail, call transfer, etc.

Once you've done this, you can then change ISPs when ever you like without it having impact on your phone service. 

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