When a company decides to change carriers and they want to keep their phone number, there is a process that they must go through in order to successfully do that. Regardless of whether they’re making the switch due to cost, reliability or carrier relations, the decision comes with some work and sometimes extra costs. In this article, we’ll talk about NASC, the fee associated with this action and the steps that lead to NASC-ing a number.
The process of switching carriers
If you have a US 8XX Toll Free number, the first step in changing carriers is with a RespOrg. This Responsible Organization is responsible for all Toll Free numbers in the United States. To switch carriers, a Letter of Authorization is completed by the new carrier and the customer. If everything runs smoothly, the transfer of the number normally takes three to seven business days.
However, sometimes the old carrier will refuse to give up the number. If this happens, the customer can decide to NASC it.
The NASC process
NASC is the second step in switching carriers for US Toll Free numbers but the first step for all other types of numbers. A NASC is done through the Number Administration Service Center. A NASC will force the transfer of the number without the consent of the old carrier.
Why do I have to pay for NASC?
Although the price of a RespOrg is free, the Number Administration Service Center charges your new carrier a fee to NASC your number. So, they pass that charge along to the customer. The fees vary depending on your new carrier so if you’re interested in NASC-ing a number, talk to them about the costs associated with it. Keep in mind, there is a fee for each number you NASC.
NASC is an effective way to switch carriers however, there are fees associated with it. If you’re interested in switching carriers, you should be aware of and plan for these added costs.