“Starting a business is tough enough without having to battle your phone company for your phone number.”Did you know there are nearly 543,000 new businesses registered each month? Over 95% of these businesses will never hire a single employee. So it is really no surprise that most business owners either run their business from a cellular phone or single landline. But before you put your cell or home phone number on your business cards, you need to consider the future implications this may have for your business. As you begin to establish your new business, your phone number will quickly become listed in both online and offline directories. Customers may even begin to store your business number as a contact in their phones. So imagine the horror if you lost your phone number and your customers were unable to reach you. Unfortunately, this the nightmare that so many business owners find themselves living.
Can you really lose your phone number?Unfortunately, the answer is “Yes”. If you decide that your business has outgrown your current phone service, you may not be able to take your number with you. The FCC requires that the phone companies allow you to bring your phone number to a new provider only if you in the same geographical location. So if you started your business from your home landline and are now changing locations, there is a chance you may not be able to keep the same phone number with your new provider. The same goes for changing cellular services; if your billing information is no longer within the same geographical area, your cell phone number might not be transferrable to a new service. As you can Imagine, this can be a big problem for businesses that have established themselves with their current phone number but wish to switch to a new service.
What is the solution?At Talkroute, we believe you should have the ability to change service providers and devices without worrying about losing your phone number. That is why registering your business phone number with a service like Talkroute is so important. We receive your incoming business calls and route them to your phones regardless of what service provider you use or your location within the U.S. and Canada. Not to mention all the added benefits of keep your business calls separate from your personal calls.
What if I already have started using my cell or landline phone number for my business?Don’t worry! There is a good chance we can transfer your number to Talkroute. In fact, we have a 98% success rate when it comes to porting existing numbers to our service. If you are interested in transferring an existing number and want to see if it is eligible for porting, you can contact us at 1-800-747-2140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
With Talkroute, You Own Your Phone NumberStarting a business is tough enough without having to battle your phone company for your phone number. It’s never fun when a customer decided to leave us, but we always allow our customers to take their phone numbers with them. Your phone number is part of your business’ identity and we believe it should be treated as such. To Learn more about Talkroute, check out the video below:
Disclaimer: Talkroute does not guarantee every phone number is eligible to be ported to Talkroute. Number porting is a free service that is available for paid users only.
Stephanie is the Marketing Director at Talkroute and has been featured in Forbes, Inc, and Entrepreneur as a leading authority on business and telecommunications.
Stephanie is also the chief editor and contributing author for the Talkroute blog helping more than 100k entrepreneurs to start, run, and grow their businesses.