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phil_the
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Will new people get our phone number after we move?

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There are lots of questions from people wanting to know if they can keep their old number when they move. I know we can't as we're moving out of the area. What I would like to know though is will the new people moving into our house get our old phone number if they don't request a new one? If so, can we request that this doesn't happen?

 

phil

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DavidM
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Re: Will new people get our phone number after we move?

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Hi @phil_the and welcome.

 

The numbers are owned by Openreach. Once your line stops the number goes back into a pool to be used on another order. The likelihood of it being used at the same property is tiny so you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

 

Cheers

 

David

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phil_the
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Re: Will new people get our phone number after we move?

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OK thanks

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TelephoneBob
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Openreach don't own the numbers.
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phil_the
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https://www.birchills.net/birchillsblog/who-owns-phone-numbers.html

It would appear no-one 'owns' the numbers but OfCom are ultimately responsible for managing them, not OpenReach.

 

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DavidM
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I stand corrected @phil_the and @TelephoneBob.

 

Cheers

 

David

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phil_the
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No problem David. Thanks for answering the question 🙂

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Hwalter
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Re: Will new people get our phone number after we move?

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Sorry, it meant we want to swap the number of landline 1 over to landline 2. Thanks.
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Hwalter
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Re: Will new people get our phone number after we move?

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Thanks, I don't know how this forum works but just need some guidance. I can't believe it can be impossible just to swap a number over. I should have added that both landlines are BT.
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