I am waiting to see if I am going to get an offer of employment from a place out west. It sounds very promising, but there are some hoops they have to jump through before they can make me an offer. And it may take weeks to find out. At the earliest, I'd move out there in mid-May (because I have to finish my contract where I am teaching).
If I get the offer, I'm going to want to establish a voicemail only telephone number in the area before I move. And I want to be sure that whatever exchange they put me on, that I can easily port the number to a VOIP or cell provider without any difficulty once I establish a residence out there.
I spoke with the phone company in that city. They are telling me that it 'should be portable' but they couldn't guarantee it. I asked them if they couldn't just pick an exchange in which we know that the number is portable? They wouldn't answer that question. I want a number that sounds local (when I lived in Western NC, they freaked out when my VOIP number wasn't on the same exchange as everyone else in town when I tried to cash my checks) on an exchange that everyone recognizes. This is another reason to establish a number out there so I can port it to my VOIP service at a later time.
Their charges are quite reasonable. They want ten dollars to install the voicemail only number and fifteen dollars per month for the voicemail service. I have no problem with that end of the arrangement.
Is there any way to find out what exchanges [in a particular city] guarantee their numbers to be portable? Their CSRs don't seem willing to do that.