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April 27th, 2012 by The Modulis Team

What is LNP?

Local number portability (LNP) is a service offered by telephone companies that enables a customer to have their number reassigned to another carrier or to change the type of service rendered. Canada and the United States have set the precedent for number portability and in recent years has been almost universally available for both traditional telephones and mobile telephones. The US and Canada are currently the only countries worldwide that have complete number portability and allow for transfers between landline carriers and mobile carriers. LNP has been mandated in both countries for both landline and mobile carriers.

How does it work?

LNP is initiated by contacting your new telephone provider and requesting your number to be ported. You will usually have to provide them with your number, account information, postal code and any passwords that may have been setup on your account. Most carriers charge a porting fee to cover the costs incurred by them from the government for porting a number.

How long does it take to process a request?

Requests to port a number generally take 3-5 business days but under some circumstances when more complex changes must be made to switching equipment you may experience slightly longer lead times.

What differences exist in LNP between countries?

Currently the United States and Canada have virtually identical number portability laws and processes; however, other countries that don”t have a number planning system similar to North America may not have portability at all or may limit portability between landline and mobile platforms.

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