Portable Landline Numbers?


This might be a stupid question… still in almost 2018, but I guess there is no way to port a landline phone number? Or to remote forward it to cell? I would have thought there would be something to do with it in the 18 years that I have been having to pay to keep it going, but have no answers.

Amy Bielawski


Landlines can be transferred without issues
Not all numbers are transferable to Republic [as Republic telephone exchange partner Bandwidth needs to have a physical presence in the rate center inorder to take the number for Republic.
To check if Republic can take the number use Republic number checker


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If you wish to do away with the landline, but keep the number, one option would be to see if you can transfer it to Google Voice (there is a one-time fee for this): https://support.google.com/voice/answer/1065667?hl=en

You can then set it up to forward calls to your mobile phones (Republic or otherwise).

Edited to add: Please see the comment below by @davidw.ctd2jy about needing to transfer the number first to a mobile phone, as you cannot transfer a landline directly to GV. This Wiki also provides helpful guidance that can be used when transferring from a landline, as the process is the same as when transferring a Republic number: http://republic-wireless.wikia.com/wiki/Transferring_a_Republic_Number_to_a_Service_Provider_That_Refuses_Landlines

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I ported my landline to Google Voice, but it is a round about process. GV does not accept lineline numbers–only mobile. (At least that was the case a few years ago when I did this.) First, I ported the number to a temporary T-Mobile phone that I had lying around. (It cost about $10 for a pay-as-you-go account.) Then, once the number was officially a “mobile number” I was able to pay the fee to Google Voice to port the number in. We now use the number as our primary house number. Google Voice has it ringing on our home VOIP line (PhonePower) and both of our cell phones.

If all you want to do is forward your home number to the cell phones and ditch the expensive line line service, you may want to consider an inexpensive VOIP provider at home and use their call-forwarding feature… (Magicjack, Ooma, etc.). Personally I like having the convenience of a cheap, larger wireless phone at home that I don’t have to worry about breaking if it falls off my shoulder. All of the VOIP providers will port your landline number, usually at no charge.


Well that’s interesting. Ok, my problem is that the phone number has been my business number for 20 years. When I moved to this area I wanted to keep it, have the landline service/with internet from Comcast. I had to remote forward it over with originally Windstream, which is now Talk America. I am paying about $15 a month just for the forwarding. As of this month, Talk America has raised the price and I’m a bit over it… that’s a chunk of money just to keep that number. However I still need to keep it as it is on all my marketing tools, etc.

That being said, I still want a landline, I find it easier to hear on it for business etc. If I transfer that over to my cell, then the cell number which I’ve had for 17 years will be gone and that could be confusing with texts etc. Ugh, so not sure what to do about all that. My only issue is the remote forwarding that I would like to stop paying or at least bring it down a bit…

Thanks for your help, Amy Bielawski


That’s also an interesting idea, but since the number is a landline number, I would have to move it to a cell, as you say, but don’t want to get rid of the cell number either.
My landline through Comcast is cheap, it’s the remote forwarding that I’m done with, or want to be that is. Hmmm, wish I was more technical to figure out how to make this work.

Amy Bielawski


Yes, looks like it can be, but don’t also want to lose my cell… ugh… Isn’t technology supposed to make things easier?


Have you check with Comcast to see if they can port it to their service?


Well they couldn’t back when I moved here. Problem being is the area code is not the area code for this part of the city. That’s what they said back in 09… Assuming that is still the issue.


The area code where you are located should be irrelevant versus the area code where your number is. The bigger issue is if Comcast has the ability to accept a number in their area code based on having presence in that area code or not. It may be work another phone call to them.


that may be an policy of Comcast VOIP/landline phone service but you may also want to check their Mobile service (back by Verizon so may have less issues on where the number rate center is)


Hi @amyb9,

You’ve been provided with some good suggestions here. I’m going to suggest that it might be helpful to take a step back and share some information with us, if you’re comfortable doing so. May we know the area code and prefix (first six-digits) of the phone number in question? To protect your privacy, please do not share the entire number.

Additionally, to be certain, I’m understanding correctly, the number in question is with Talk America (formerly with Windstream) and is using RCF (remote call forwarding) to a Comcast “landline”?

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Well wouldn’t that mean getting their cell phone service?


According to Comcast, the number that I wanted to keep was a Bellsouth number and they couldn’t take it. The reason was because it was a 404 area code and I moved to a 770 area of the city. Therefore Windstream said they would remote forward over to Comcast, ( I actually have a Comcast number with the old number forwarded to it).

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The phone number that I am paying for is 404266. The number is with Talk America now and yes RCF to Comcast’s number.


When Comcast told you the number originated with BellSouth (now part of AT&T), they were correct. BellSouth does indeed own the number block your number is part of. When they told you Comcast couldn’t accept the number for this reason, they were speaking nonsense.

Your number is part of the Atlanta rate center, which is huge. Comcast has the necessary rate center presence to port the number into their landline service. Once done, RCF from a second provider would no longer be needed. Since you seem reasonably satisfied with your Comcast landline service, this would be the path of least resistance. I suggest you give Comcast another shot. If they give you the same nonsense about not being able to accept the number, ask to speak with a porting specialist. That person will know what needs to be done.

You have other options besides Comcast (both landline and cellular) but if (as it sounds) you’re satisfied with your Comcast landline service, I see no reason to explore those.


You are correct! Thanks for that very helpful clarifying info.

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Ok, thank you all for your very interesting ideas… Google Voice sounds like an idea but how about another line on Republic, does that exist? So I could keep my cell number for now and add the landline number as a second line?


It is not possible to have two lines on on phone with Republic. It’s one line per phone.

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