Sprint business account and number porting

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by PuterSaurus, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. PuterSaurus macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2003
    Gulf Coast
    I currently have a business account with SprintPCS with about 8 other phones which are for my employees. I plan to open an ATT account for just myself for now and then might switch the other phones over later.

    Should I expect any problems porting just one number from the Sprint account to the new ATT account?
  2. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    Nope, if you let AT&T do it automatically, they notify Sprint: "sorry, we stole one of your customers" and the number is ported over and active within a few hours (there is usually a gap period). It will instantly cancel your Sprint line associated with that number only.
  3. Briellz macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
  4. paulyras macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2006
    Business accounts are a funny beast though. It might take a little more effort to transfer the number if your organization has centralized billing of the account and the account for the phone number isn't in YOUR name (vs. your company's).

    I had a friend that had the same cell phone number for about 10 years (long before he had the job), and eventually his company took over the billing of the account and got a big business contract (prior to that everyone just submitted their bills on their expense reports). When he left, it took weeks of lobbying, letters to the company's lawyers, etc... in order to get the number back.

    Assuming you're just trying to create another corporate account, which it sounds like you are, you can probably avoid the issues by putting the account in the company's name, but I really don't know.
  5. loudestnoise macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    No kidding, business accounts are always more difficult. Cingular/AT&T even have different customer service numbers for business accounts, but it's true if you have the ability to somehow switch another one of your other lines to become the "primary" number porting might be a little bit easier. It all depends.
  6. mustang_dvs macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Durham, NC
    My suggestion would be to contact someone at AT&T Mobilty who deals with small businesses and talk to them about what you'd like to do.
  7. retrospects macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2007
    yay lets leave sprint togeather! i hate sprint, outsourcing is a be-otch!
  8. macridah macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2004
    Here's my sprint issue. I have a sprint family plan and I want to port the primary number to AT&T when I get my iPhone.

    I was told to make my primary number to a secondary number so it can port. When I called sprint, they said if I switch the primary to a secondary number, I have to renew my contract for another 2-years. I get mixed responses about porting a number that is the primary number of a family plan. No one can tell me what happens to the secondary line.

    The other lines are not being used anymore because bro got a new cellphone from work that he now uses all the time.

    If it gets too complicated, then i'm just dropping sprint and getting a new number. I'll let my friends deal with updating their address book. The only hassle for me is to update my online accounts contact and sms alerts info.

    I with you all in dumping sprint. They have the worst customer service I ever had to deal with. Down with sprint!!!
  9. billchase2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 28, 2006
    Ann Arbor
    my problem is that i currently really like sprint due to the sweet plan i have with them. i get 1000 anytime, unlimited night and weekends, unlimited data transfer, unlimited text messages, and all the other stuff for about $42 a month including tax...

    i really want to get the iphone but i just don't know if i want to be paying probably double that a month...

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