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Possible to port Comcast business number to new prepaid cell phone?

Mermaid 2,189 1,254 July 28, 2016 at 02:28 PM
Hi all,
I am in a bit of a pickle.

I am 9 months into a 2-year contract with Comcast Business for one landline and 25 Mbps Internet service.

I just closed my retail storefront business and am moving my business home. I do not want to lose my phone number because I have a large clientele of older people who use the phone for placing orders.

Comcast has generously given me two options: cancel my account with an ETF of ~ $1450 and they provide 60 days of forwarding service for my number, after which time my number will be cancelled, OR move my business account home, forcing me to cancel my 100 Mbps Xfinity Internet to be replaced with their 50 Mbps business Internet service AND forcing me into another 2-year contract ($3500 over the next two years). Comcast Business and Xfinity are two separate companies so my home and business accounts cannot be merged.

I will take my medicine and pay the ETF but I NEED to keep my business phone number. I have researched Magic Jack and that just seems like a really bad deal (so many pissed off consumers makes me wary) and Google Voice says my number cannot be ported.

Is it possible to buy one of those pre-paid cell phones at Wal-Mart and successfully port my Comcrap business number to it?

Please advise. I need to get out of bed with Comcrap and keep my phone number. Thank you. ❤️

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Hi all,
I am in a bit of a pickle.

I am 9 months into a 2-year contract with Comcast Business for one landline and 25 Mbps Internet service.

I just closed my retail storefront business and am moving my business home. I do not want to lose my phone number because I have a large clientele of older people who use the phone for placing orders.

Comcast has generously given me two options: cancel my account with an ETF of ~ $1450 and they provide 60 days of forwarding service for my number, after which time my number will be cancelled, OR move my business account home, forcing me to cancel my 100 Mbps Xfinity Internet to be replaced with their 50 Mbps business Internet service AND forcing me into another 2-year contract ($3500 over the next two years). Comcast Business and Xfinity are two separate companies so my home and business accounts cannot be merged.

I will take my medicine and pay the ETF but I NEED to keep my business phone number. I have researched Magic Jack and that just seems like a really bad deal (so many pissed off consumers makes me wary) and Google Voice says my number cannot be ported.

Is it possible to buy one of those pre-paid cell phones at Wal-Mart and successfully port my Comcrap business number to it?

Please advise. I need to get out of bed with Comcrap and keep my phone number. Thank you. ❤️
Paying the ETF is less than paying for the remaining 15 months of service, but that a damn hefty EFT.

Yes you should be able to port your number. Any of a hundred VOIP providers will work (I prefer BasicTalk to Magic Jack, but there are lots of other options like call centric and flowroute). Cell carriers works too. To port a number, you must initiate the porting process before you cancel anything. Often the port itself is enough to cancel service, but once the port is successful it would be a good idea to contact comcast.


This probably isn't that desirable for you, but you might be able to port the number out, call comcast and say I want to keep my account please give me a new phone number.


On Google Voice, you can only port in cell numbers. Also note the terms of service forbid commercial use.
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Paying the ETF is less than paying for the remaining 15 months of service, but that a damn hefty EFT.

Yes you should be able to port your number. Any of a hundred VOIP providers will work (I prefer BasicTalk to Magic Jack, but there are lots of other options like call centric and flowroute). Cell carriers works too. To port a number, you must initiate the porting process before you cancel anything. Often the port itself is enough to cancel service, but once the port is successful it would be a good idea to contact comcast.


This probably isn't that desirable for you, but you might be able to port the number out, call comcast and say I want to keep my account please give me a new phone number.


On Google Voice, you can only port in cell numbers. Also note the terms of service forbid commercial use.
Thanks so much for your reply!

What is your opinion of Obi200? Even though they seem to have a $10 extortion fee, they overall have the highest number of 5-star ratings on Amazon vs. the other VoIP adapters/services.

Thanks!
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Thanks so much for your reply!

What is your opinion of Obi200? Even though they seem to have a $10 extortion fee, they overall have the highest number of 5-star ratings on Amazon vs. the other VoIP adapters/services.

Thanks!
The Obi is fine. It can be used with other voip providers not just google voice. Obi isn't really a service provider.

On a general level, there are lots of fake reviews on amazon.
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