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    • naf123
    • By naf123 10th Apr 18, 7:48 PM
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    Keep a number without a service
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    • 10th Apr 18, 7:48 PM
    Keep a number without a service 10th Apr 18 at 7:48 PM
    Hi,

    What is the cheapest and best way to keep a phone number without a service ?

    Have a BT number that need to keep or "park".

    Thank you
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    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 10th Apr 18, 9:59 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 9:59 PM
    I would say it's not possible. The number belongs to BT and not the user.


    If you migrate you keep the number, but if you cease or are cut off the number returns to the pool to be used for someone else.
    Last edited by teddysmum; 10-04-2018 at 10:02 PM.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 10th Apr 18, 10:20 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 10:20 PM
    Port it into a Voice over IP (VoIP) provider eg Sipgate, Vonage, Surevoip, Voipfone etc. Usually costs about 30 and maybe a few per month ongoing rental. Incoming calls will go to voicemail which is usually emailed to you.

    The port must be initiated by the receiving provider - if you cancel with your current provider it will be lost.
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    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 10th Apr 18, 10:27 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 10:27 PM
    I would say it's not possible. The number belongs to BT and not the user.
    Originally posted by teddysmum
    These days numbers are owned by Ofcom and allocated to telcos for use.
    • Terry98
    • By Terry98 12th Apr 18, 5:51 AM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 5:51 AM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 5:51 AM
    These days numbers are owned by Ofcom and allocated to telcos for use.
    Originally posted by pmduk
    So what happens if you have say a Talktalk number and want to move to BT?

    Do Talktalk retain the number and BT charge you for a new line?

    I am thinking of moving supplier and I do not want to pay over 100 for a new line that would only be used for fibre broadband.
    Last edited by Terry98; 12-04-2018 at 5:54 AM.
    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 12th Apr 18, 7:22 AM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 7:22 AM
    Number moves with you , although talk talk may say otherwise they are talking rubbish

    There's technically a new line charge as talk talk are LLU but it's normally waived , if it's not then insist on no charge on the phone when you call
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    • Terry98
    • By Terry98 12th Apr 18, 7:47 AM
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    Number moves with you , although talk talk may say otherwise they are talking rubbish.
    There's technically a new line charge as talk talk are LLU but it's normally waived , if it's not then insist on no charge on the phone when you call
    Originally posted by Browntoa
    Thanks for that. I would prefer to stay with Talktalk but they will not move on the price that has gone up over 20% since the last contract.

    The current BT deal looks good if you add on free BT Sport, cashback and the BT Reward but I do not want any unforeseen extras which would negate any savings I would make.
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