If you use the same number for your business and personal life, you know that keeping the phone number is essential to stay connected to contacts, family, and friends. In this article, we’ll take a look at what parking your phone number actually means, clear up some common misconceptions, and show you how to park your phone number with United World Telecom.
How to Park Your Phone Number: What Does This Mean?
Parking your phone number means storing it to maintain ownership.
A typical scenario where parking your phone number would be useful would be if your business is in the process of moving to another location. Once you cancel your subscription to a landline or cell phone service, you lose that phone number. Parking helps you maintain the phone number in the interim while you change locations by inexpensively storing it. Otherwise, you may lose out on customers and clients that you’ve built up — or worse, they might think that you’ve gone out of business. After you’ve finished your relocation, you can then “port” your phone number to a new carrier and establish an active phone service once again. The same goes for individuals that may be moving to another state, but want to keep the phone number that friends and family have come to associate with your family. Once you’ve resettled, then you can port your phone number to your chosen service provider.
How to Park Your Phone Number: Is This the Same as Porting?
If you’re trying to learn how to park your phone number, you’ll come across info directing you on how to port a number. Though similar, it’s not the same service. Porting means transferring your existing cell phone number or landline from one telephone provider to another.
A typical scenario where porting is useful is when you have a cell phone service with one provider, but you want to transfer to another service provider with a better deal. By porting your phone number, your phone number is “ported” to the new provider and is no longer associated with the former provider. This can be especially useful if you’re planning on traveling internationally for an extended period of time and want to change service providers for better rates.
[Note: There is a similar-sounding feature of cloud-based phone calls called “call parking,” which differs from parking/ porting your phone number. For reference and clarity, parking your call allows users to “park” a call in the cloud while you use your phone to make another external or internal call, or transfer the call to another employee by dialing a particular extension where the call is queued.]
How to Park Your Phone Number with United World Telecom
Now that you understand what number parking is, here’s how you can park your number by using United World Telecom’s easy-to-use services:
First, navigate to the number parking webpage on UWT’s website. There, you’ll find a brief form to fill out, which includes your first name, last name, email, and a dropdown menu asking whether the phone number being parked is for business or personal use. Next, you’ll be prompted to enter in the phone number being parked, including number type (Toll Free, Geographic, or National), the country where the phone number originates, and a text box to enter in your phone number. You’ll also notice a + button, which allows you to enter in other phone numbers that you wish to park. Then, click on the Captcha to ensure that you’re a human user and not a bot, and click the Submit button.
Now that you’ve learned how to park your phone number, you will need to report your phone number at United World Telecom. In order to do so, start at https://www.unitedworldtelecom.com/services/number-porting/. On that webpage, you’ll fill in a form identical to the one you used to park your phone number.
Once you’ve completed the form to park your local or toll free numbers, one of United World Telecom’s account managers will get in touch with you within 24 hours to help you with the process. If you’re looking for more information about how to park your phone number, visit the FAQ page on Number Porting for more information.