I don't see whay you can't sell your phone number.
You can sell your 800/888/877/866 number, but not your POTS number.
Toll free numbers are more like domain names, in that you have to find
a provider to host it and to put an entry into the DNS-like database
that phone switches consult to decide how to route the call. Ordinary
phone numbers are more like IP addresses in that the first part of the
number is used to route calls (give or take some portability details
that don't really affect this argument.) Your phone company owns your
If you have a good number (lucky digits, etc.) I bet you could sell
If it's a toll free number, sure, there's a robust market. If it's a
POTS number, forget it.
This isn't exactly analogous to IP addresses, but the routing
nightmares that would result if every phone number were separately
portable is similar to what would happen if people started taking
their /28's with them.
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