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Landline transfer to Cricket Wireless

601 683 October 2, 2016 at 12:37 PM
Hi I want to keep my landline number and transfer it but Cricket says they can't do it. What is the cheapest fastest way to transfer my number to wireless and then to Cricket? Thanks

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You can transfer a Cell # to another Cell, but not Landline to Cell.
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Try transferring your number to Google Voice? There are a variety of methods out there via a quick google search. In theory you could then port your number from Google Voice to any other service.

Here's a guide
http://www.obihai.com/porttutorial
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You can transfer a Cell # to another Cell, but not Landline to Cell.
Some carriers have issues with certain types of transfers but you generally should be able to do it.


Via: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/gui...-providers
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This process – often referred to as phone number porting – can be done between wireline, IP and wireless providers.
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Some carriers have issues with certain types of transfers but you generally should be able to do it.


Via: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/gui...-providers
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Try transferring to https://www.numberbarn.com and then port over to Cricket.
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Try transferring to https://www.numberbarn.com and then port over to Cricket.
It is not free.
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It is not free.
No, it's not. Why should you expect it to be?


As I said before you can port between landline and wireless. The issues crop up between certain carriers like cricket (owned by att, mvno on att's network) and att for example. There are also some special cases like google voice which can only port in cell numbers.


If you find your self in a position of having to temporarily port your number somewhere to get it where you want there is almost always some cost. ring.to used to be free, not anymore. numberbarn is lower cost than a lot of the options
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Don't try numberBarn, it was a disaster for me--their numbers are also landlines same as Google Voice

I was trying to sign up with a Cricket Wireless service and wanted to use my Google voice number for 2 reasons:
1) In San Francisco Bay Area where I live, area all the (408) area codes are used up and new numbers are only (669) and I don't want that.

2) I wanted the $50 Statement credit for porting my own number (new cell service on an former work phone)

Yesterday I paid the $3 to unlock my GV#. Then I discovered GV# are considered land lines and I read on Howards Forum that the GV#s could be transferred into a "Wireless number" at Number Barn. After it was recommended on this forum. I read carefully and while true their website states all landlines can be transferred to Number Barn then transferred to ANY cell carrier in their description, later that proved to not be true description. So I paid another $3 port fee to Number Barn plus there is a $2 fee to "park the number and the first moth is collected up-front. I waited 24 hours for the transfer which arrived in my mailbox this morning. I called Cricket today and they are still saying it's a landline!! I contacted Number Barn and they said they cannot control refusal to port numbers and they will not revert my number back to Google Voice nor refund my money! I call the GV# to see whay happens and it doesn't ring, a automated message says "the number or code I dialed is incorrect , please check the number and try the call again." I cancelled my NumberBarn which I think puts the GV# in limbo for 30 days so I could reclaim in via Google Voice. Google Voice and it says the number cannot be ported! Any Advise? I paid 3 fees, and I have no working number and a $2 per month fee which is more that a free GV number. Very frustrated! Any advice?
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When I need to do this I usually port to a t-mobile prepaid sim.

Sorry to hear number barn didn't work well for you.
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When I need to do this I usually port to a t-mobile prepaid sim.

Sorry to hear number barn didn't work well for you.
JKEE -- sounds like you do this a lot? Please provide your step-by-step instructions, because I want to do EXACTLY this: I have a CenturyLink landline. I am also a T-Mobile customer in need of a SECOND t-mobile cellphone, so it would be PERFECT if I could port my Centurylink landline number to a second t-mobile phone. But I really need a step by step, because I don't want to get screwed over like many others with phone numbers now stuck in limbo. THANK YOU!!
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sounds like you do this a lot? Please provide your step-by-step instructions, because I want to do EXACTLY this: I have a CenturyLink landline. I am also a T-Mobile customer in need of a SECOND t-mobile cellphone, so it would be PERFECT if I could port my Centurylink landline number to a second t-mobile phone. But I really need a step by step, because I don't want to get screwed over like many others with phone numbers now stuck in limbo. THANK YOU!!
I wouldn't say I do it a lot, but I've probably ported my number half a dozen times over the years and I've helped relatives a few times.

I'll assume t-mobile postpaid not prepaid.

There isn't much to it.

The main thing to remember is don't call century link to cancel anything until after your phone number has been ported. All you need to do is walk in to a t-mobile store with a copy of your century link bill and explain what you want to do. They will set up your new line / phone and initiate the number porting request and roughly 2-48 hours later the number will be transferred.

This will end your phone service with century link, you could get a call from them asking to confirm if this is what you want. If you have centurylink phone service you may also have century link dsl or fiber, if this is the case decide if you want to keep that or switch to cable. Porting your number out could end internet service from them too and that could take a phone call to resolve. Also look at your bill to see if you're in a contract that would require you to pay a penalty to end your service. Without phone service their internet services will cost more.
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The main key to successful number porting is to make sure things like your name, address, account number are entered exactly the same way with the new carrier as they are the old one and if for some reason there's a mistake with what the current carrier has to fix that and wait a few days first.
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Don't try numberBarn, it was a disaster for me--their numbers are also landlines same as Google Voice

I was trying to sign up with a Cricket Wireless service and wanted to use my Google voice number for 2 reasons:
1) In San Francisco Bay Area where I live, area all the (408) area codes are used up and new numbers are only (669) and I don't want that.

2) I wanted the $50 Statement credit for porting my own number (new cell service on an former work phone)

Yesterday I paid the $3 to unlock my GV#. Then I discovered GV# are considered land lines and I read on Howards Forum that the GV#s could be transferred into a "Wireless number" at Number Barn. After it was recommended on this forum. I read carefully and while true their website states all landlines can be transferred to Number Barn then transferred to ANY cell carrier in their description, later that proved to not be true description. So I paid another $3 port fee to Number Barn plus there is a $2 fee to "park the number and the first moth is collected up-front. I waited 24 hours for the transfer which arrived in my mailbox this morning. I called Cricket today and they are still saying it's a landline!! I contacted Number Barn and they said they cannot control refusal to port numbers and they will not revert my number back to Google Voice nor refund my money! I call the GV# to see whay happens and it doesn't ring, a automated message says "the number or code I dialed is incorrect , please check the number and try the call again." I cancelled my NumberBarn which I think puts the GV# in limbo for 30 days so I could reclaim in via Google Voice. Google Voice and it says the number cannot be ported! Any Advise? I paid 3 fees, and I have no working number and a $2 per month fee which is more that a free GV number. Very frustrated! Any advice?
That's disappointing to hear.

I'll probably try Tello or some cheap provider to see if it works.
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You can see if your number is portable by checking it in the national pooling database.

https://www.nationalpooling.com/
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