8 Most Common Reasons your Port Request is Rejected.

The idea of porting over a fax number can seem daunting. While it can be a pain, the reasons that a port request fails are actually pretty limited and avoidable. Here are eight reasons that a port request may fail.

8 reasons ports failMoving your fax number over to cloud fax is usually a straightforward process. It's a little bit of paperwork and is fast and easy if done correctly. Sometimes things don't always go as planned and your port request can be delayed or even worse, rejected! In this post, we'll show you the eight most common reasons a port request is rejected or delayed.

Here are the eight reasons your port order could be rejected (or delayed)

  1. Address Mismatch
    If the address you submitted on the porting order does not match the address on the losing carrier’s Customer Service Record (CSR), you’re going to see a rejection. The losing carriers usually require the Service Address (not always the same as the billing address) for the fax numbers being ported over, so you will need to make sure the correct address is being used.

  2. Authorized Name is incorrect
    Occurring when the authorized name of the person who signs the Letter of Authorization (LOA) for the fax number port order does not match what the losing carrier has in their system. This can happen inadvertently if someone leaves an organization and doesn’t change the records with their carrier to name a new authorized person on the account.

  3. Incorrect Business Name
    The business name must match what the losing carrier has on file for the numbers you are porting. Why does this usually happen? Spelling. Like doing your taxes you must ensure the business name is EXACTLY the same and you will need to ensure that the business name you submit on the port request form is exactly the same. "Tom's Bass Shop, LLC" is not the same as "Tom's Bass Shop".

  4. Missing / Incorrect Account Number
    Some carriers use the account number as another data point to verify a port order request. If the account number does not match up with what they have on file, your port will be rejected. The account number is often found on the customer's bill, and sometimes on the CSR.

  5. Incorrect BTN (Billing Telephone Number)
    The Billing Telephone Number (BTN) is the main telephone number on a customer’s account, and it’s a critical element for validating port order requests. If the BTN does not match what the losing carrier has in their records, they will reject the request.

  6. Incorrect Passcode/Pin
    Some carriers use PIN/passcodes to authenticate a port request. This is similar to how your debit card has a PIN code that must match in order to access your account at an ATM. The PIN must be provided on the port request, and it must match what the other carrier has on file.

  7. Pending/Active Orders
    If there are any active orders on the account from which you’re porting numbers, carriers will reject a new port order with an error saying “pending orders”. These “pending orders” can include things like a recent feature add or disconnect, address change, authorized name change, etc.

  8. Delinquent Bill
    If you owe your carrier a substantial amount of money or are past due on your bill there have been instances where a carrier could delay and/or reject an outbound porting request. It is not as common but it does happen.

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