Porting Number After Activation

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by themiracle, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. themiracle macrumors regular

    May 7, 2007
    Does anyone know if I can port my number after I buy the phone? Apparently my contract expires in about two weeks and I'd rather not pay the ETF, but I'd really like to get an iPhone on the first day. Is it possible to activate an account and then have ATT port the number a little while later?
  2. Detlev macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2003
    Yes, you can port it later. AT&T can provide you with a temporary number until you are ready.
  3. themiracle thread starter macrumors regular

    May 7, 2007
    Awesome. Thanks for the quick reply.
  4. appleii2mac macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
    Yes, a phone # can be ported at any time. I ported mine ~2 months after I got my iPhone last year.

    In fact, I doubt your current carrier would charge you an ETF if you ported now, but it's not worth it to tempt fate for 2 weeks. I actually ported my phone # about 3-4 months before my 2 year contract with verizon was up, and wasn't charged an ETF. I just forwarded my old wireless # to my "new" number until I ported it.
  5. TN-3 macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2008
    Franklin, TN
    How did you forward your calls from your old phone # to the new one?
    I have a Sprint account thats is not up until December, and the only way I would sign up for the iPhone on another number and wait for my Sprint contract to come up and then port the #, is if I could forward all of my calls to the new iPhone #.
  6. RynoZebz macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    Does it cost money or extend your plan when you port a number? My contract is up in August and I kinda wanna get my iPhone on today. lol After I get my number ported I'll also need to add another phone and make it a family plan. You guys think there will be any problems with this?
  7. appleii2mac macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
    It was a feature on my previous phone I think. Sprint might offer it as well. But it might use up your minutes or something. Check with your carrier.
  8. appleii2mac macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
    It doesn't extend your plan. They may charge a small fee if you port a number after the first 30 days of activating your new service or something. Adding a 2nd phone shouldn't be an issue.

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