Potential Porting problem with ATT

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by yourmamaissofat, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. yourmamaissofat macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2008
    I have a wireless phone number from California, but am now located in Chicago. When I go to the AT&T website, and see if my number is eligible, it says no if I use the Chicago zip, but it says it is eligible if i use the LA zip. Do you think it will be a problem porting it in chicago? Has anyone tried hooking up a number in a different state?
  2. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    I would give AT&T customer support a call so you can get a definitive answer to a good question.
  3. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I ported my number from NJ to CA when I get the original iPhone. Just a warning, it can get very hairy to do.

    What ended up working for me, was I had to activate my phone as a NJ phone. Since I screwed up first time and activated it in CA, I had to do a "relocation" of the phone back to NJ. That required a new SIM.

    After I activated it for NJ, I ported my number over and waited till the next month after first billing cycle. Then, I changed my address and made sure they didn't change the number.

    It also took me 3 days to get it ported over properly. The best thing I can suggest is to activate it in your old state first, port your number ... then change the address.

    Porting numbers across states is possible but a REAL pain in the ass.

    My number is still a NJ number and I will need to migrate it over to the 3G iPhone. Worse then that, I need to migrate my girlfriends phone from t-mobile and keep the number (Same NJ vs CA issue)

    Its going to be a nightmare.
  4. gandalf18 macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Agreed. It is possible (my friends did it for the original iPhone) and AT&T will work with you to make it happen.

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