Archives for: May 2005, 24

05/24/05

  10:34:52 am, by The Dreamer   , 390 words  
Categories: General, VoIP

FCC/E911 and Virtual Numbers

Back when I had Qwest, I had the option of having a 1-800 number...though it wasn't very useful, since it would only work in the US. And, the main reason I wanted it was to be more reachable from Canada.

Now with VoIP, one of the things I've been thinking about is getting a virtual number in another location. Though there's nothing to say that it can't be my only number. Since, I hardly ever get any legitimate local calls. And, those that I get...there is no reason that it can't be handled by only one local number, instead of the 3 different local numbers I have at home...because I have 3 different services.

Not having a local number would probably make no impact on grey unsolicited calls, especially since a lot of them are probably out of state. grey because they claim to be exempt from DNC, even though I could do without. Especially the ones that call at inconvenient times (like when I'm eating) and the ones that just give me dead air when I do take the trouble to answer. I don't remember the last time I actually found somebody calling me.

Anyways...I'm still on the fence of whether to get a non-local number as my next service (or to replace the number on one of my services...though I'm leaning to yet another new service at the moment....)

But, now it appears because of the E911 requirement, the regulation is going to limit us to numbers that correspond with the actual location of where you live. :**: And, that could be really restrictive. Because some (many?) areas also have geographic restrictions within the city on what number for what part. And, one of the advantages of portable numbers was that even if I moved across town...I could in theory keep my number. Not that I have any plans to move in the next couple of years (as evidenced, by the fact that I'm just a week or so into an 18 month lease...) Though the last time I moved...there was some issue as to whether I could keep my number...even though I only moved 1.5 miles. I suppose since it did involve moving from one side of the Interstate to the other....

Wonder if I should hurry up and order my non-local phone numbers now.

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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