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VM landline number not transferred and now lost - What would be reasonable compensation?

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When ordering our new broadband and landline service with Virgin Media, we requested that the landline number was transferred.  This was confirmed before installation and according to their normal process should transfer within 10 days of the service going live, but due to errors in their processing it has not happened and the number has now been lost (the original service tied to the number ended when the new service started).
What would be a reasonable amount of compensation in these circumstances please?
Many thanks

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  • twhitehousescattwhitehousescat Forumite
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    a gazillilon pounds 
  • DoaMDoaM Forumite
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    How many people/businesses/other contacts will you need to advise of your new landline number? How long will that take.

    X hours times £19 per hour (litigant in person rate) equals what you could ask for in compensation. In reality ... a month's free service.
  • twhitehousescattwhitehousescat Forumite
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    the op never owned the number in the first place 
  • AnonAnon Forumite
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    Thank you for the helpful response DoaM. 

    It would be interesting to know if others have received compensation in these circumstances and how much, though no doubt it will be account credit, which is expected and fine. 

    I'm sorry twhitehousecat, what relevance is it that I don't "own" the number? It was confirmed it would be transferred, it hasn't been. If it wasn't going to be, we would not have switched as our number was important to us, or made arrangements for the transition. And although you say we may not own the number, we have a right under OfCom guidelines to keep a number when we transfer services: (https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/new-protections-stamp-out-switching-frustrations).
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    Anon said:
    It would be interesting to know if others have received compensation in these circumstances and how much, though no doubt it will be account credit, which is expected and fine.
    Plusnet posted me a cheque ... think they gave me about a hundred quid ... and BT got my number back!
    Search my posts from New year 2019 for details
  • dcfc67dcfc67 Forumite
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    I had the same issue, when installed VM engineer gave me a new phone number. I explained that I asked to transfer number. He said it happens all the time with VM.

    I ended up ringing my current supplier straight away as number was still live up until the end of the day and kept the landline/broadband service so essentially double paying.

    VM agreed to pay these charges whilst they ported number to them.

    VM also messed up the TV package I agreed to sign up to so I cancelled everything within the 14 days cooling off period and sorted out a deal with the provider I was with previously at a better price.

    Shocking customer services, 0/10 for those staff who read from a script in the Philippines. You get more sense talking to a brick wall.
    Regarding compensation i would request that they remove the landline/broadband part of you bill for 6 months as you have suffered material detriment. Explain  to them how much time and money its cost you to contact everyone who had access to you previous phone number.

    if not go to arbitration and threaten them with CISAS

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