Is it possible to have a temporary number and then port your current #?

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Farani

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I currently have Nextel but I want to get an iPhone. My contract is up in one month. Is it possible to activate an iPhone with a temporary number and then port my old number to it when my Nextel contract is up?
 

Bruno43

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I currently have Nextel but I want to get an iPhone. My contract is up in one month. Is it possible to activate an iPhone with a temporary number and then port my old number to it when my Nextel contract is up?
Yes, I did this with my Verizon number. Just go in and say you would like to get a phone with a temp number and you would like to wait to port your number over whenever your contract ends. They will basically give you whatever number is available at the time, then when your contract is up go in and say you would like a number ported over. Took them 2 mins to port it, and I was able to receive calls within 30 mins of it being ported.
 

gijohn

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Yes, I did this with my Verizon number. Just go in and say you would like to get a phone with a temp number and you would like to wait to port your number over whenever your contract ends. They will basically give you whatever number is available at the time, then when your contract is up go in and say you would like a number ported over. Took them 2 mins to port it, and I was able to receive calls within 30 mins of it being ported.
Ok ... how about this scenario. I'm currently with Sprint and have a Treo 700p (with a GREAT phone number). Thinking of buying an iPhone, activate it (brand new with AT&T) and use it for 14 days (and keep my Treo and phone # activated) If I decide to keep the iPhone, can I cancel my Sprint (still in contract) account, pay the ETF and switch the Sprint # over to the iPhone?

Also .... I had a Cingular account until November of last year. Will I run in to any problems getting activated with the iPhone? (and then port my Sprint # over after 14 days)
 

raoser

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Ok ... how about this scenario. I'm currently with Sprint and have a Treo 700p (with a GREAT phone number). Thinking of buying an iPhone, activate it (brand new with AT&T) and use it for 14 days (and keep my Treo and phone # activated) If I decide to keep the iPhone, can I cancel my Sprint (still in contract) account, pay the ETF and switch the Sprint # over to the iPhone?

Also .... I had a Cingular account until November of last year. Will I run in to any problems getting activated with the iPhone? (and then port my Sprint # over after 14 days)
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I was in the same type of situation. I talked to the manager at the ATT store and confirmed with a different agent over the phone that you can set up a temporary number and then port over your number at any time.

The fact that you had a Cingular account before shouldn't matter. They would probably sign you up under a new account number anyway and it will have no bearing on your getting an iPhone now.
 

gijohn

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I was in the same type of situation. I talked to the manager at the ATT store and confirmed with a different agent over the phone that you can set up a temporary number and then port over your number at any time.

The fact that you had a Cingular account before shouldn't matter. They would probably sign you up under a new account number anyway and it will have no bearing on your getting an iPhone now.
That's great! Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
 

raoser

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A time limit to what?
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I think they mean a time limit to port your number...

As I mentioned I asked and re-asked the manager and then called customer support and was told again that you could port a number at any time which would seem to make sense. I was very particular to clarify because I am going to be doing the same thing. If you want to be triple sure, you can call ATT and see what they tell you.

If you happen to call, please post back and let us know what they say.
 

gijohn

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If you happen to call, please post back and let us know what they say.
Anyone have a number for (I assume) Customer Service at AT&T? I looked all over their web site and couldn't find one.
 

gijohn

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Anyone have a number for (I assume) Customer Service at AT&T? I looked all over their web site and couldn't find one.
Ok .. talked to an AT&T sales/customer service rep .... he said it's possible (was very hesitant), but didn't know how it's done. Asked if I wanted a temporary number until I port the other one over .. I said "yes". He said (don't kill the messenger) - not sure how that's done since the SIM chip in the iPhone is not removable, and once you activate it - the temp number resides on the SIM chip.

Don't believe it's any problem (as reported here by many others) ... just wanted to pass on info I got from the AT&T rep. btw ... VERY nice, friendly, etc ... for what it's worth.
 

Bruno43

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Ok .. talked to an AT&T sales/customer service rep .... he said it's possible (was very hesitant), but didn't know how it's done. Asked if I wanted a temporary number until I port the other one over .. I said "yes". He said (don't kill the messenger) - not sure how that's done since the SIM chip in the iPhone is not removable, and once you activate it - the temp number resides on the SIM chip.

Don't believe it's any problem (as reported here by many others) ... just wanted to pass on info I got from the AT&T rep. btw ... VERY nice, friendly, etc ... for what it's worth.
Like I said I had a temp number with the iPhone and they did not even have to touch the SIM to port the number over. :) Good Luck enjoy!