[Linux-aus] NBN discussion

Russell Coker russell at coker.com.au
Tue Jul 2 00:19:27 EST 2013

On Mon, 1 Jul 2013, Russell Coker <russell at coker.com.au> wrote:
> The current situation is that if you sign a mobile phone contract you can
> port  the phone number from your previous mobile phone to the new
> phone.  If you sign a fixed-line contract you can port the phone number
> from your previous fixed-line.  But you can't port what used to be a
> fixed-line number to a mobile phone unless you use some form of SIP
> forwarding, which while technically possible is a bit difficult for the
> typical pensioner and will require significantly more effort and expense
> than just porting a number from one provider to another.


Internode has a good VOIP offering.  They charge $29.95 to port a fixed-line 
number to VOIP.


Internode rates start at $5 per month.  If you were to use your mobile phone 
as a VOIP device then you would probably use the GSM service for making calls 
so for only receiving calls that would be a fixed $5 per month.  Internode has 
a free VOIP offering for broadband/NBN customers, but $5 per month will be the 
fee if you use another provider.  Also the Internode web site doesn't allow 
you to order NodePhone without buying hardware from them ($100+).


The above has Internode's coverage checking script that also determines number 
portability.  Apparently not all exchanges support porting numbers.

Does anyone know of a cheaper option than Internode for porting a current 
fixed-line number?

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