having two landlines (temporarily) from two providers - possible?
We are planning to change providers - as our term with Bell ends this month. We're considering on going back to Rogers for our TV and Internet. However, when we inquire about the promotions they offer along with negotiating a reasonable offer, we were told that they suggest on getting a "select" package that includes the following (if my memory serves me right):
- 100Mbps internet with unlimited bandwidth
- certain channels in the "select" package (i.e. Discovery, History, CNN...)
- Home Phone (with no features)
That last point caught my particular attention. We discussed to Rogers that we don't want to have home phone. However, the sales rep told us that if we don't want the home phone - it'll gonna cost about $15CDN more (the price that Rogers offered us based in our situation is around $144CDN (not including taxes) per month on a 2-year commitment). What's worse, that home phone option that Rogers offered us don't have call display/caller ID/call waiting. The sales rep bragged to us that even though we decided to go with the option, we don't need to use the home phone.
To make matters worse, our phone number that we have with Bell - has been with us for over 20 years. We don't want to have our longtime phone number to be ported with Rogers. Instead, I came up with a plan with the following:
1) Call Rogers to proceed with the package they offer
2) Ask Rogers to request a new phone number, while cancelling TV and Internet with Bell.
3) Ask Bell to keep the landline (at least temporarily)
4) Sign up with a VOIP provider for home phone (i.e. Ooma or Fongo) and assign a new phone number
5) Port our longtime phone number from Bell into the new VOIP provider
While the steps I discuss may sound a bit confusing, I really want to assign a new number when switching from Bell to Rogers, while keeping my old phone number that was with me for a long time - to be ported into the new provider. Also, don't suggest me VOIP.ms. Even though that they're good, their configuration could be confusiing. Based on what I had discussed, will the aforementioned scenario work that way?
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