When Does My Phone Number Port?

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  1. MacMonkey13 macrumors member

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    My contract with ATT is up in three weeks. I want to get the new iPhone with Verizon. With the limited availability I was going to order from Apple now.

    However, will my phone number port immediately (when I enter the info on the Apple website) or when the phone is shipped? Or will I have to do something with Verizon to activate and port when I receive the new phone?
     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G4

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  3. MacMonkey13 thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess that's the question. Does the phone come activated or do I have to activate when I receive it?
     
  4. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

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    It will only get ported when you activate and use the phone. (So after you receive it)
     
  5. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    You have to activate it when you receive it, otherwise nobody would have a working cell phone during the time it takes to ship it. :)
     
  6. MacMonkey13 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm just confused as others have stated that unopened boxes picked up at Apple stores are already activated.
     
  7. compwiz1202 macrumors regular

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    The porting info is linked to the phone, but the process doesn't start until you turn it on.
     
  8. imazu macrumors regular

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    pre-activated to the system, associated to your account that's how they know if you have a phone already ordered. but it won't be activated until you power on the device.
     
  9. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    i ported from att to verizon at the apple store. when i was there, the port didnt happen until i signed the last thing i needed to sign and the new phone was powered on and activated. it wasnt activated already. the port takes seconds to work.
     
  10. MacMonkey13 thread starter macrumors member

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    So I won't be breaking my ATT contract if I order now as long as I wait to activate the new phone after the ATT contract expires, Correct?
     
  11. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Unless something is different this year that nobody's posted about yet, what you said above is true.
     
  12. vipJj123 macrumors member

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    Eventually Verizon will push the activation thru themselves, to start/enforce the contract requirements. This would probably be around two weeks time.
     

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