I am thinking of switching over to VOIP but I have unanswered questions. What exactly does "transfer of phone number" mean? VOIP needs broadband to work. Currently I am buying DSL from the local landline operator (LLO). So my broadband operator is my current telephone provider, and my broadband account is the same as my telephone account with them. If my phone number is transferred from the local landline operator to the VOIP operator, how can I keep my DSL account with the local landline operator so I can continue receiving the DSL service? Schematically: DSL ---> EnumaElish home phone (belongs to the current operator) | | V VOIP ---> EnumaElish home phone (belongs to the VOIP operator) I have the option of not having my phone number transferred. How would that work? Would it be like having a "virtual number" that works just like a real number? Except I get to keep my current (real) number? Also, has anyone had any problems with overseas calls using VOIP that they don't mind sharing?