FAQs: Porting

The following is a listing of some of the more common questions asked about VirtualPBX porting. If you don’t find your answer here, contact us by calling 1-888-825-0800 and we’ll be happy to answer any porting questions you may have.

The following procedures are most relevant to users with System Administrator access.

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You may contact our Porting Department via email at porting@virtualpbx.com. The Porting Department business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm PST.

To port your number over to VirtualPBX you will need to fill out an LOA Form. This form, once completed, serves as a record of transfer between your toll-free or local number carrier and VirtualPBX. Download the LOA Form.

Note: Please make sure to sign and date the form before you send your fax. Incomplete or inaccurate forms can not be processed and will delay the porting of your number. Processing of toll-free ports usually requires 3 to 5 business days while local number ports typically require 10 to 20 business days. Further porting information can be found below.

Using a ported number as your primary contact number creates three problems:

  1. When a number is ported to VirtualPBX, it becomes ‘terminated’ on our systems. That is, anyone attempting to reach the primary contact would reach your VirtualPBX instead of the primary contact.
  2. In the event that problems arise with your account or your VirtualPBX system, a primary contact would not be directly available to address the issue.
  3. A caller attempting to reach the primary contact through the contact’s extension would be sent into a call loop because the contact number calls back into the VirtualPBX, essentially rendering the extension non-functional.

As a result of these conditions, it is VirtualPBX policy that a number that you are attempting to port can not be used as a primary contact numbers.

The porting process for toll-free and local numbers will vary between each carrier. VirtualPBX does not have any control over these processes.

The number of LOAs that are required can vary. Toll-free numbers are issued by a large number of resellers so it’s often difficult to know the originator, or RESPORG, of a given toll-free number. This may be true even if you originally purchased several toll-free numbers from the same entity. As a result, each toll-free number that you own could require a separate LOA. However, if you have multiple numbers from the same RESPORG, they may be submitted on one toll-free LOA.

For local numbers, the opposite will be true in most cases. That is, a single carrier is the RESPORG for all numbers under your ownership. If this is the case, you can also submit one LOA for all of your local numbers.

Processing of toll-free ports usually requires 3 to 5 business days while local number ports typically require 10 to 20 business days. However, please be aware that each carrier will have different internal processes in place to finalize a port. These processes may prolong your porting time. The current volume of ports a carrier is handling can also effect your port time. While VirtualPBX strives to complete ports within the same time frame, there will be periods where we handle a large volume of porting and support requests. During these periods porting may take longer than usual.

Note: The most common delay in the porting process is an incomplete or inaccurate LOA.

VirtualPBX endeavors to complete toll-free ports in 3 to 5 business days; local number ports between 10 to 20 business days. In the event that it has been more than 6 weeks (or 30 business days) since your request was issued, you may be experiencing any of a combination of the following:

  1. An incomplete or inaccurate toll-free or local LOA has been submitted.
  2. Carrier porting demands are unusually high.
  3. A carrier’s porting process has changed without notice.
  4. VirtualPBX porting demands are unusually high.

If you are experiencing a significant delay with your port, please contact us directly at 888-825-0800, option ‘2’ and we will attempt to resolve your porting issue as quickly as possible.