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Old 10-01-2010, 01:03 AM
Larry
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Default Port a home number

Hi all

I am giving up my land line and want to port my # to cell.

How hard is this to do and anything to know before I start down
this path? And then what happens IF I chage cell providers later
on? Is it hard to get my # from Verizon to another provider?

Thanks!!

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Old 10-01-2010, 01:05 AM
SMS
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On 9/30/2010 5:03 PM, Larry wrote:
> Hi all
>
> I am giving up my land line and want to port my # to cell.
>
> How hard is this to do and anything to know before I start down
> this path? And then what happens IF I chage cell providers later
> on? Is it hard to get my # from Verizon to another provider?
>
> Thanks!!


Easy, no, move it again, no.

BTW, 911 service should still work on the inactive landline. At least it
did for my niece who dropped AT&T landline service.

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Old 10-01-2010, 02:10 AM
Larry
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SMS <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote in
news:4ca525cf$0$1664$742ec2ed@news.sonic.net:

> On 9/30/2010 5:03 PM, Larry wrote:
>> Hi all
>>
>> I am giving up my land line and want to port my # to cell.
>>
>> How hard is this to do and anything to know before I start
>> down this path? And then what happens IF I chage cell
>> providers later on? Is it hard to get my # from Verizon to
>> another provider?
>>
>> Thanks!!

>
> Easy, no, move it again, no.


Drats....
I was hoping (just in case) a secondary move would be okay.
I would sure like to 'own' the phone number I have now.

>
> BTW, 911 service should still work on the inactive landline.
> At least it did for my niece who dropped AT&T landline
> service.


Thanks!


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Old 10-01-2010, 03:03 AM
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Default Re: Port a home number

Larry wrote the following:
> Hi all
>
> I am giving up my land line and want to port my # to cell.
>
> How hard is this to do and anything to know before I start down
> this path? And then what happens IF I chage cell providers later
> on? Is it hard to get my # from Verizon to another provider?
>
> Thanks!!
>


You are in a Verizon newsgroup, so I assume (perhaps erroneously) that
you have a Verizon land line and you wish to give up your Verizon land
line and be able to carry your land line phone number over to a Verizon
cell phone.
Correct me if any of the above is a wrong assumption.
I don't have a Verizon land line, it is another phone company (I have a
Verizon cell phone, so that's why I'm here), but my cable/internet
provider (TWC) will allow me to carry my present LL # over to their
digital home phone service, so it is possible for some phone number
transferences between different providers.
Have you called Verizon and asked?

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Old 10-01-2010, 08:14 AM
Don Schmidt
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Default Re: Port a home number

I think you can take your number to any other carrier or any other city. Our
daughter went from Verizon to ATT with her number without a problem. Tel
numbers are not like the old days where you needed to change it if you moved
from one wire center area to another wire center area.

Don
35 years with Pacific Tel & Tel, Pacific Telephone NW, Pacific NW Bell


"Larry" <me@privacy.net.invalid> wrote in message
news:4ca52551$0$5502$8f2e0ebb@news.shared-secrets.com...
> Hi all
>
> I am giving up my land line and want to port my # to cell.
>
> How hard is this to do and anything to know before I start down
> this path? And then what happens IF I chage cell providers later
> on? Is it hard to get my # from Verizon to another provider?
>
> Thanks!!




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Old 10-01-2010, 12:40 PM
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"Don Schmidt" <Don Engineer@PNB.Retired_1987> wrote:

> I think you can take your number to any other carrier or any other
> city. Our daughter went from Verizon to ATT with her number
> without a problem. Tel numbers are not like the old days where you
> needed to change it if you moved from one wire center area to
> another wire center area.


A friend moved his business across town to an area with a different
area code and prefix. He wanted to keep his old number because it was
in his yellow page ads,etc..

The phone company charged him a monthly fee to do so. I'm not sure
this is still applicable? Anyone know?


--
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The Usenet Improvement Project:
http://twovoyagers.com/improve-usenet.org/

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Old 10-01-2010, 01:05 PM
Larry
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"Elmo P. Shagnasty" <elmop@nastydesigns.com> wrote in news:elmop-
26C288.06423601102010@62-183-169-81.bb.dnainternet.fi:

> In article <4ca53521$0$5519$8f2e0ebb@news.shared-secrets.com>,
> Larry <me@privacy.net.invalid> wrote:
>
>> >> How hard is this to do and anything to know before I start
>> >> down this path? And then what happens IF I chage cell
>> >> providers later on? Is it hard to get my # from Verizon to
>> >> another provider?
>> >>
>> >> Thanks!!
>> >
>> > Easy, no, move it again, no.

>>
>> Drats....
>> I was hoping (just in case) a secondary move would be okay.

>
> You're misreading his answer:
>
> "how hard is this to do": Easy
>
> "anything to know before I start down this path": no
>
> "what happens if I change cell providers": move it again
>
> "is it hard to get my # from Verizon to another provider": no


Other person said it would not be possible.

>
> There you have it: ; Easy, no, move it again, no.
>


Time to give Verizon a call.

Thanks all.


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Old 10-01-2010, 01:07 PM
Larry
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willshak <willshak@00hvc.rr.com> wrote in
news:j-Cdnaez89Ac3DjRnZ2dnUVZ_tydnZ2d@supernews.com:

> Larry wrote the following:
>> Hi all
>>
>> I am giving up my land line and want to port my # to cell.
>>
>> How hard is this to do and anything to know before I start
>> down this path? And then what happens IF I chage cell
>> providers later on? Is it hard to get my # from Verizon to
>> another provider?
>>
>> Thanks!!
>>

>
> You are in a Verizon newsgroup, so I assume (perhaps
> erroneously) that you have a Verizon land line


No. Verizon cell.
Other is a (prior Bell Company) providor for house phone (land
line).

> and you wish to
> give up your Verizon land line and be able to carry your land
> line phone number over to a Verizon cell phone.
> Correct me if any of the above is a wrong assumption.
> I don't have a Verizon land line, it is another phone company
> (I have a Verizon cell phone, so that's why I'm here), but my
> cable/internet provider (TWC) will allow me to carry my
> present LL # over to their digital home phone service, so it
> is possible for some phone number transferences between
> different providers. Have you called Verizon and asked?




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Old 10-01-2010, 01:08 PM
Don Schmidt
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Sounds correct; I overlooked the area code in my response. Move to another
area code and the charges would be different. With a cell phone where you
wouldn't have toll fees the cost would be the same to the cell phone holder
no matter where s/he would be located. But callers could be charged with a
toll call. Say you lived had subscribed to a cell phone company in Seattle
and then moved and took your cell phone, with number to Portland, your call
charges would be the same but, callers in Portland, which may be down the
block from you would be charged with a toll call to the Seattle number
unless, they were calling from a cell phone. Crazy world, isn't it.


--
Don
Vancouver, USA


"XS11E" <xs11eNO@SPAMyahoo.com> wrote in message
news:Xns9E042F8A87602xs11eyahoocom@127.0.0.1...
> "Don Schmidt" <Don Engineer@PNB.Retired_1987> wrote:
>
>> I think you can take your number to any other carrier or any other
>> city. Our daughter went from Verizon to ATT with her number
>> without a problem. Tel numbers are not like the old days where you
>> needed to change it if you moved from one wire center area to
>> another wire center area.

>
> A friend moved his business across town to an area with a different
> area code and prefix. He wanted to keep his old number because it was
> in his yellow page ads,etc..
>
> The phone company charged him a monthly fee to do so. I'm not sure
> this is still applicable? Anyone know?
>
>
> --
> XS11E, Killing all posts from Google Groups
> The Usenet Improvement Project:
> http://twovoyagers.com/improve-usenet.org/




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Old 10-01-2010, 02:13 PM
George
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On 9/30/2010 8:05 PM, SMS wrote:
> On 9/30/2010 5:03 PM, Larry wrote:
>> Hi all
>>
>> I am giving up my land line and want to port my # to cell.
>>
>> How hard is this to do and anything to know before I start down
>> this path? And then what happens IF I chage cell providers later
>> on? Is it hard to get my # from Verizon to another provider?
>>
>> Thanks!!

>
> Easy, no, move it again, no.


What is the hard part?

I have done it a number of times. Just call VZW and tell them you want
to port the number. Sometime later (usually a week) you will get an
automated call from VZW telling you something like "this is the porting
department, we are ready to port number 999-555-1212 press 1 to proceed
or 2 to talk to someone in the porting department. Then very shortly
the port is completed.

>
> BTW, 911 service should still work on the inactive landline. At least it
> did for my niece who dropped AT&T landline service.


How would 911 work without dialtone? Every time I have done a port from
a landline they close the account, drop the dialtone and send a last bill.

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Old 10-01-2010, 02:16 PM
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On 10/1/2010 7:40 AM, XS11E wrote:
> "Don Schmidt"<Don Engineer@PNB.Retired_1987> wrote:
>
>> I think you can take your number to any other carrier or any other
>> city. Our daughter went from Verizon to ATT with her number
>> without a problem. Tel numbers are not like the old days where you
>> needed to change it if you moved from one wire center area to
>> another wire center area.

>
> A friend moved his business across town to an area with a different
> area code and prefix. He wanted to keep his old number because it was
> in his yellow page ads,etc..
>
> The phone company charged him a monthly fee to do so. I'm not sure
> this is still applicable? Anyone know?
>
>

Do you mean the monthly fee? If you aren't talking about a port but just
moving to a different ratecenter and keeping the old number then yes.

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Old 10-01-2010, 03:39 PM
The Ghost of General Lee
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On Fri, 01 Oct 2010 09:13:11 -0400, George <george@nospam.invalid>
wrote:

>> BTW, 911 service should still work on the inactive landline. At least it
>> did for my niece who dropped AT&T landline service.

>
>How would 911 work without dialtone? Every time I have done a port from
>a landline they close the account, drop the dialtone and send a last bill.


Who was your provider? I dropped my AT&T landline over two years ago
and I still have a dialtone and 911 service, because I retained dry
line DSL. But then, I didn't port my number, and my AT&T bill still
shows my account number as my now inactive AT&T phone number. Calls
to that number get you a recording stating the number isn't in service
for incoming calls.

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Old 10-01-2010, 04:51 PM
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On 10/1/2010 6:13 AM, George wrote:

> How would 911 work without dialtone? Every time I have done a port from
> a landline they close the account, drop the dialtone and send a last bill.


It won't work without dial tone. But at least AT&T out here (formerly
SBC, formerly Pacific Bell) keeps the dial tone active even when you
drop your landline. Not sure if it's a state law or what.

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Old 10-01-2010, 06:04 PM
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The Ghost of General Lee wrote:
> Calls
> to that number get you a recording stating the number isn't in service
> for incoming calls.


Oh, so THAT is what that recording means. Last week I was given a
contact number for someone and when I tried it I got that recording.
Now that I understand the nature of the recording, I think they dropped
their land line (while keeping the DSL) and went to using their cell
phone exclusively but forgot to update the number on file with the
agency (who was having me contact that person to arrange to take some
photos).

jc


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Old 10-01-2010, 06:07 PM
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XS11E wrote:
> "Don Schmidt" <Don Engineer@PNB.Retired_1987> wrote:
>
>> I think you can take your number to any other carrier or any other
>> city. Our daughter went from Verizon to ATT with her number
>> without a problem. Tel numbers are not like the old days where you
>> needed to change it if you moved from one wire center area to
>> another wire center area.

>
> A friend moved his business across town to an area with a different
> area code and prefix. He wanted to keep his old number because it was
> in his yellow page ads,etc..
>
> The phone company charged him a monthly fee to do so. I'm not sure
> this is still applicable? Anyone know?


The fee is for keeping the number active WHILE he still has ads in the
current directory - essentially it's the fee for the yellow pages ads.
Otherwise you could get a number from the ILEC telephone company, place
ads (which get billed to your phone number), the month the directory
comes out port the number to a different phone company (no longer paying
anything to the ILEC), and have free yellow pages advertising for the
next 11 months.

jc

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Old 10-01-2010, 07:26 PM
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SMS <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote:
> On 9/30/2010 5:03 PM, Larry wrote:
>> Hi all
>>
>> I am giving up my land line and want to port my # to cell.
>>
>> How hard is this to do and anything to know before I start down
>> this path? And then what happens IF I chage cell providers later
>> on? Is it hard to get my # from Verizon to another provider?
>>
>> Thanks!!

>
> Easy, no, move it again, no.
>
> BTW, 911 service should still work on the inactive landline. At least it
> did for my niece who dropped AT&T landline service.


The only case that I know of didn't have any trouble at all. The only problem
is that the delay was several weeks [like moving to a VoIP provider]. With
cell phones, the switch is largely instantaneous these days. The only catch
to what I just mentioned is that some locals don't allow land line number
porting, but if you can port your number to VoIP like Vonage, then you should
be able to port the number to your cell phone with no more difficulty other
than dealing with a temporary number on your cell for a period of time.

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Old 10-02-2010, 12:32 AM
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On 10/1/2010 2:26 PM, Thomas T. Veldhouse wrote:
> SMS<scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote:
>> On 9/30/2010 5:03 PM, Larry wrote:
>>> Hi all
>>>
>>> I am giving up my land line and want to port my # to cell.
>>>
>>> How hard is this to do and anything to know before I start down
>>> this path? And then what happens IF I chage cell providers later
>>> on? Is it hard to get my # from Verizon to another provider?
>>>
>>> Thanks!!

>>
>> Easy, no, move it again, no.
>>
>> BTW, 911 service should still work on the inactive landline. At least it
>> did for my niece who dropped AT&T landline service.

>
> The only case that I know of didn't have any trouble at all. The only problem
> is that the delay was several weeks [like moving to a VoIP provider]. With
> cell phones, the switch is largely instantaneous these days. The only catch
> to what I just mentioned is that some locals don't allow land line number
> porting, but if you can port your number to VoIP like Vonage, then you should
> be able to port the number to your cell phone with no more difficulty other
> than dealing with a temporary number on your cell for a period of time.
>


I ported our old house number to a low end VoIP package and all I needed
to do was fill out a web form making sure they had the exact billing
name as the landline provider. A week later I received an email that
stated "your port of xxx.xxx.xxxx is ready, replay to this email to
proceed. 15 minutes later incoming calls were going to the VoIP line.

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Old 10-02-2010, 12:33 AM
George
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On 10/1/2010 11:51 AM, SMS wrote:
> On 10/1/2010 6:13 AM, George wrote:
>
>> How would 911 work without dialtone? Every time I have done a port from
>> a landline they close the account, drop the dialtone and send a last
>> bill.

>
> It won't work without dial tone. But at least AT&T out here (formerly
> SBC, formerly Pacific Bell) keeps the dial tone active even when you
> drop your landline. Not sure if it's a state law or what.


Might be. I actually never heard of that.

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