Here’s how to check if your number can be ported
Curious about whether you can port your numbers or not?
By Michael Bratschi
Ever wondered if your current phone number can hitch a ride with you as you switch to a more enticing mobile network operator?
The power to retain your personal or professional number, irrespective of your network provider, is extremely convenient. However, the first step lies in understanding whether your cherished digits qualify for this journey—a process known as a number portability check.
Imagine the relief of not having to broadcast a new number to all your contacts. Picture the ease of keeping those digits everyone already knows and uses to connect with you. Isn't that convenience worth a few minutes of learning?
This post will guide you through the simple yet crucial process of checking your number's portability. By the end of this read, you’ll know how to check if your number is portable using Telnyx’s number portability check.
What is number portability?
Number portability is a service that allows mobile subscribers to retain their existing telephone numbers when switching from one mobile network operator to another. This service promotes competition among operators and provides consumers the freedom of choice between providers without the inconvenience of changing their numbers.
The essence of a number portability check
When communicating with various individuals and organizations, we often encounter unknown numbers. It's here that a number portability check plays a vital role. It provides information about the current operator of a mobile number, regardless of its initial operator. This knowledge can be beneficial in many scenarios, from simple curiosity to complex business requirements.
The importance of number portability checks in business
In the business world, a number portability check can play a crucial role, specifically for telecom, marketing, and customer support services. Understanding the current operator of a customer's number can provide insights into call tariffs, enabling businesses to make cost-effective communication decisions.
Moreover, knowing the current operator helps in the accurate routing of SMS and voice calls, improving the efficiency of communication services.
How to perform a number portability check with Telnyx
Ready to check if your phone number or numbers are eligible for porting? To get started, check out this video walkthrough or follow the steps below.
Step 1: Log in to the Mission Control Portal
- Go to https://portal.telnyx.com/
- Enter your username and password
- Click Sign In
Sign up for a free Telnyx account if you don’t have one already. You can register with your email address, or with your Google, Facebook, or GitHub account.
Step 2: Create a porting request
- Click Numbers on the left sidebar navigation
- Select Port Numbers
- Click the green New Port Request button
- Select the country the port request is for and add the number to “Check Numbers Portability” box.
- Paste your numbers separated by either commas or line breaks. Numbers outside of North America must be pasted in E.164 format.
- Click “Check Portability”
Your number portability results will be displayed below the input field.
We might still be able to help with non-portable numbers, so don’t hesitate to talk to our porting experts. If you’re all systems go, you can click Next to submit your porting request through the same interface in just a few clicks.
Learn whether your numbers are portable
The ability to perform a number portability check empowers us with valuable information. Whether for personal curiosity or business strategy, understanding the concept and process of number portability and its check can significantly enhance our communication experiences.
While Telnyx’s Mission Control Portal is pretty intuitive, we hope this guide helped answer your questions about how to perform a number portability check for your numbers.
Contact our team of experts if you have any questions about switching to Telnyx as a mobile provider.