Porting your cell phone number
June 21, 2006
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I want to switch from Cingular to Verizon Wireless, as I can't receive calls in my home office. I want to retain my phone number when I do this. How can I do this when my contract expires?
| | Porting your number can be an easy process,
but there's one very important point to keep in mind. In order to keep your phone number, do not
cancel your Cingular service before opening your new account with your chosen carrier. Instead, you should start your new service and inform Verizon you want to port your number over from Cingular. Verizon will then do the legwork for you by informing Cingular you're making the switch. The actual transfer will happen automatically, though it can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. As a result, you may have to carry around two phones for a short period. When your old phone stops working and your new handset starts operating, you'll know you're all set. For more information, check out this page from the FCC
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