What Is Phone Porting?

by Jennifer VanBaren

Phone porting transfers a wireless telephone number, or "ports" it, from one telephone service provider to another. Porting is monitored and controlled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Description

When a person changes phone service providers but wants to keep the same number, they can elect to port the number . There are procedures a person must follow for porting numbers but this service is available with all carriers.

Restrictions

In order to port a number, the customer must remain in the same local area as before. If a customer moves to a new city or state, the number cannot be ported.

Process

To have a phone number ported, the customer must first contact the new service provider. The new service provider makes a request to the original service provider requesting that this specific number get ported. The FCC requires the old carrier to confirm and authorize the request.

Details

When a phone number is ported, there is a short time lag before the process is finalized. During this time, it is possible that two phones will have the same phone number. Porting a number typically takes one to four business days. Fees for this service may apply depending on the carriers.

About the Author

Jennifer VanBaren started her professional online writing career in 2010. She taught college-level accounting, math and business classes for five years. Her writing highlights include publishing articles about music, business, gardening and home organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind.