Do you wish to learn how to port a Telkom landline number. Maybe you have been using this number all along and now you wish to move to another provider away from Telkom. The company has, in recent years, been hemorrhaging subscribers, most of whom have been opting for fibre and fixed LTE solutions. These are offered by a wide range of companies, such as Vumatel, Vodacom, MTN and Rain. You are here because you now wish to move your landline number to a VOIP services provider.
How to port a Telkom Fixed Line to VOIP
The following is how to port a Telkom landline number to a VOIP provider;
- To get started, you need to settle all outstanding bills with Telkom. If you don’t do this, you will not be able to port your Telkom fixed line number. Your number also needs to be active. If you have already cancelled the line, it will need to be reactivated before porting of your Telkom fixed line number to a VOIP provider.
- Next, you will need to identify a VOIP provider to whom you wish to port your number.
- Once you have identified the company, reach out and tell them that you wish to port your Telkom fixed line number. They are actually the ones who complete the process on your behalf. You will be asked to provide a copy of your Telkom bill showing that you owe nothing.
- They will also need a letter from you authorizing them to port your number.
- They will then reach out to Telkom with your port request.
What else do I need to know?
That’s how to port a Telkom landline number. There are a couple of other things that you need to know regarding the cancellation. We have already stated that your number needs to be active.
Another thing to note is that if there is a DSL service on your line that is provided by a company other than Telkom, you will need to cancel the service first. Then you will be able to port your Telkom landline number. Telkom will not agree to the port if you do not do that. It’s where a number of people have been having issues.
You may wish to learn how to cancel a Telkom landline.
Why port to VOIP
That’s how to port a Telkom landline number to VOIP. But why would you do that in the first place. Well, the first reason is cost. VOIP tends to be way cheaper than Telkom. In fact, many in South Africa have been sounding the death knell for landlines.
VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. Your calls will essentially be routed through the internet. Some VOIP providers charge R 0.75 per minute, with billing being on a per second basis.
Another advantage is that you won’t have any monthly line rental fees as is the case with Telkom. VOIP is also more reliable. In fact, Telkom has been gutting it’s own copper lines. It has been replacing those landlines with Fixed LTE.
Anyway, if you would like to take this discussion further, go to our Telkom discussions forum. Our panel is ready to help you find the correct answers. You may also wish to check your internet speed using the SA Broadband Speed Testing Tool.