You can easily move a phone number from one phone on the same network to another on the same network. You can also transfer your phone number between network providers, but you may need to take a few extra steps to make sure you keep the same number. Keeping your phone number is convenient, and it means you don’t have to tell everyone in your network that you changed numbers.
How to Move to a New Phone
Keeping your number is easy if you change phones on the same network. You can trade phone numbers with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or any other network provider. The only thing that needs to be done is to turn off the old phone and turn on the new phone on the same number. Since the phone plan never changes, the switch is easy to make.
The easiest way to transfer is to go to a store for your service provider. If you buy your new phone at a provider store, they can switch your number right away. If you don’t want to do that, take both phones to your service provider and ask them to add the new phone to your plan. Since the contract is staying the same, the whole process should only take a few minutes.
You can also call your service provider’s customer service number or use an online portal if they let you change your phone number through a web-based process. When the wait times aren’t too long, the phone number service is often helpful. No matter which way you choose, you will need to know the account information and password to make the change official.
Changing Between Networks
Switching between networks is also not too hard to do. You will need the account and password information for the old network, as well as a new plan or contract for the new network. You can switch by going to the stores of each network provider, but there’s an easier way to make sure your number stays the same when you switch.
The Federal Communications Commission has set up a way for your phone number to stay the same while you switch service providers. This is called “porting.” The goal of the process is to stop mobile networks from locking you into their service by holding your number hostage. Because of the porting system, you can legally switch phone companies at any time and keep your phone number. The only thing that is needed is the ability to cancel the old contract and start a new one.
First, find a new phone and service provider and start the contract. Once you have asked for the new service, you can port your number from the old company. For this to work, though, you must stay in the same area code. Call your old service provider and ask them to cancel your service while you get a 10-digit porting code. If you give the code to your new provider, they can finish the contract and set up your new phone under the same number.
Putting a phone number in a parking spot
In some cases, you may not have a phone contract for a while. In this case, you can park the number until it’s time to sign a new contract. If you do a quick web search, you can find a lot of number parking services. They usually cost a small fee, but they are easy to use and let you keep your number until you are ready to get a new phone.
The way that number parking works is actually a lot like how services change. You’ll use the same porting service, but instead of moving the number to a new phone, it will move to a “parking space,” where you pay a small fee every month to keep the number. The whole process is easy and doesn’t cost too much.