TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Different Area Codes, Same Rate Area, and LNP

Re: Different Area Codes, Same Rate Area, and LNP

John Levine (
28 Aug 2006 21:18:30 -0000

> I am very anxious about transferring my local phone number to Vonage
> because I am worried that users that can call me for free now, will no
> longer be able to.

The rate that people pay to call your number depends ONLY on the rate
center your number's prefix (the first three digits) is assigned to.
Vonage may or may not be able to port your number, but if they can, it
won't affect who can call if for free.

> According to what I have read about LNP, when porting numbers from one
> telco to another, you should remain in the same physical area

What that really means is that the new telco must offer service in the
LATA to which the number is assigned. LATAs are service areas that
were created at the time of the Bell breakup. Sometimes they match
area code boundares, but more often they don't.



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