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How many times can you port cell phone number?

brownnugen 310 55 February 12, 2011 at 08:03 AM
We have been using AT&T wireless cell phone service for the past 8 years and all our friends and family knows our phone number. We want to switch companies. We were thinking about either using Straight Talk or PagePlus Cellular because of their appealing cheap unlimited phone plans. If we switch to them, I know we can port our existing active cell phone number. But if for some reason, we try either company and don't like them, and switch to another carrier (perhaps Verizon), can we port our existing number again?

Basically, I'm asking is there a limit to the number of times you can port a cell phone number?




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I don't think there is, but you might pay a fee, and technically the phone number goes to the new company - if you don't like the new company and they don't like you, they might hassle you

have you considered porting the number to google voice?
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Your phone number is yours and you have rights to it regardless of provider. Some companies may hassle you when you try to port it but they cannot deny the port upon your request. You may have to call their customer service to "unlock" port number protection which is just a chance for them to try to convince you to stay with them when you call to have it ported...

Also be aware of trial periods that the new companies may have so if you determine you don't like their service you can port your number elsewhere without paying fees.

Just FYI, when you port a number away from a cell company, they deem that a cancellation of service and will charge you an early termination fee if you are still locked into a contract. If you are month-to-month then there should be no fees.

Here's a link to the FCC regarding your rights when you port your number:
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If you want some very valuable advice, don't ever "test" a new service with a full port. Test the service first with a new number and then port your number over if you like it. If you end up not liking the service, porting your number back can range from a minor hassle to a complete nightmare. I learned my lesson once.
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