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When to port a cell phone number?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by thelettuceman, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    My cell phone contract with Verizon expires July 15, 2013. I want to sign up with republicwireless.com. When should I sign up with the new cell phone provider? When should I contact Verizon and tell them to "give up" the number?

    By the way >>> www.republicwireless.com has unlimited cell phone minutes, text and internet for $20 / month. Anyone have experience with them?

    Thanx for all of your help >>> Rick

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    Sounds hoaky to me.
  3. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    Naw, I'm sure it works great on both of their cell sites
  4. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    The number is yours so just ask Verizon the procedure.It should be painless but I'd be very wary of a complete unknown cell provider.
  5. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    Yea we have some companies like that here in Canada. Promise you the moon and stars. All you get is hell and its heat. lol

    We only have 3 major cell phone providers here and the other cell phone cos are either a spin off of the major 3 or one of the very few that have managed to stay alive to compete with the big 3. They have to rent the service off of one of the big 3 and are at there mercy. the big 3 have been known to intentionally drop calls and make sure you get crummy service from the small guy.

    Once you go outside the City you have no service also. You guys have it great as far as cell phone providers is concerned in the USA. We get hoses. We just have great beer and maple syrup ohh and softwood lumber.
  6. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I had a huge fight with Verizon about this exact thing about 7 months ago when I left them. Just make sure that your contract end date, and your monthly bill ending date are the same date.

    For Example: If you decide to port your number 2 days before your contract is up, and for some reason the port gets slowed down or hits a snag and the port doesn't happen until 5 minutes into your next billing cycle, you will be billed for that whole month. Even though your phone number is now in service with another carrier! And... they do NOT pro-rate. If you only use Verizon for those 5 minutes into your monthly billing cycle before your port occurs you will be responsible for that whole month.

    It gets even more tricky when you have multiple lines, and 1 of them hits a snag while the others go through and you end up in the next billing cycle. I spent 4 hours straight on the phone with Verizon, clogging up their customer service people until I finally got them to agree to send me a check for the $280 worth of service that I didn't / couldn't use because my numbers were already on another network.

    You also have another tricky situation where you want to port right when your contract ends. So the question is... do you port it 2,3,4 days before the contract ends? And if it goes through right away, then get socked with a contract breaking penalty for leaving early?
  7. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    They have us by the short and curlies and they know it. I want to port my residential line to a VoIP service. Wish me luck.
  8. GVL LLC

    GVL LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    Lettuceman go with straight talk wireless its unlimited everything for 45.00 a month and porting your number in is a breeze. They use AT&T network and the coverage area is awesome. I would be leery of such a new startup like republic. I like straight talk because you know exactly what your cost is every month without hidden fees that pop out of the blue. best move I ever did was leave verizon.
  9. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,248

    Once your contract is up it will go month to month and when you switch carriers they will get ahold of Verizon and cancel your service that day and you will be prorated by Verizon for what you used that month so far. No opt out fees or anything. I did it a few months ago when I switched from sprint to Verizon. My wife switched from her parents family an to mine and he is with Verizon and his was prorated for that month since she switched in the middle. Verizon does prorate.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
  10. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I was NOT in a contract with Verizon and was going month to month when I ported out. So it's a crapshoot. In your experience they DID prorate, but in my experience they DID NOT prorate. I guess you have a 50/50 chance!
  11. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    I will try this method out when the time comes. After that, I will post to this thread and let everyone knows what happened. Thank everyone for their advice.
  12. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I agree with GVL on going with Straight Talk. I save $100 a month, with only 2 lines. I've had zero problems.

    I did A LOT of research on Straight Talk before I ported away from Verizon. I live in a valley, and the only cell service that gets a powerful and reliable signal here is Verizon. I had been hearing and reading lots of false things about Straight Talk and the towers that they use. Some would say they use At&t, some would say Tmobile towers, etc...

    The truth is, Straight Talk uses Tmobile, Verizon, At&t, and Sprint towers. Whatever phone you buy, dictates what towers you will use. It says on the lower left corner of the phone box, and also on the coverage map. I bought a CDMA-V phone. So it uses Verizon Towers.
    If you buy a:
    GSM-A = At&t
    CDMA-V = Verizon
    GSM-T = Tmobile
    CDMA-S = Sprint
  13. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    rebelplow: I might go with straight talk. If you prepay for a year, they give you a month for free. In my opinion, Verizon has the best cell phone coverage. They also have a gun to my head.
  14. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    lettuceman. I worked at verizon corp for years. pm me. lets get some coffee. i will see if i can help. still have friends there.
  15. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    salopez >>> PM sent