Porting numbers

With number porting, you can transfer your existing number to Chalkboard.
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Port numbers to Chalkboard

If the thought of having to change your business phone number and potentially lose valuable customers fills you with dread, number porting is your solution.

By porting your number, customers can reach you in the same way they always have. Forget the inconvenience of changing phone numbers and keep your customer base and revenue intact.

What is number porting?

Number porting is the ability to switch phone service providers without having to say goodbye to your existing phone number.

Whether you are looking to change providers due to connectivity, cost or capacity issues, number porting is a painless way of doing so. By porting your number, you can maintain your business’s continuity in communication with customers without the hassle of updating contact information.

How does number porting work?

Your current provider has to give the green light for your existing number to be transferred to your new carrier. Once the new provider gets the go-ahead, they'll handle the activation process for that number, so you can continue using it with their service.

The number porting process shouldn't take too long, but it can vary from provider to provider.

You can read our full guide to porting a number into Chalkboard for more detailed information. If you ever need to port a number away from Chalkboard, that's also easy to do.

The easy way to share phone numbers with your team

After you've ported your numbers, Chalkboard gives you all the business calling and messaging features you need.

Completely flexible

Text and call as a team with shared or private ported numbers. Flexible and simple.

Takes minutes to set up

No contracts, no phone system, no SIM cards, and no configuration. Just install the app and go!

All the features you need

Including missed call auto-reply, working hours, templates, and much more...

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It's the easy way for your team to text and call together without the hassle and complexity of a phone system!

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FAQs: Number porting

How much does phone number porting cost?

Chalkboard doesn’t charge any porting fees, whether you are porting numbers in or out. However, some companies may have porting fees and early termination fees, so make sure you ask your carrier for details.

How long does it take to port a phone number?

Porting to a virtual or internet-based phone system usually takes 5-7 business days. Generally, you’re still able to use your phone number while the port is taking place. Just make sure not to cancel the service with your old provider while the port is in process.

If you are porting your number into Chalkboard, welcome! Our team will be on hand to guide you through the process.

Will my current phone number be active during the port?

Yes. During the transfer process, your number will remain active during the process. You’ll be able to use your phone number with your original carrier up until the port date. At that point, the number moves to your new carrier.

Does porting your phone number cancel service?

In most cases, porting your phone number out will cancel your service with your old provider. We recommend confirming that once your number is ported. Don’t cancel your service while the porting process is happening, as that might disrupt the port and leave you without a business phone number.

Can I port my number away from Chalkboard?

If you were assigned a number that you love from Chalkboard, but you’ve decided to leave us for now, the good news is you are able to take your Chalkboard number with you. You'll just need to port your number away to a different carrier.