Landline technology is outdated, but giving them up feels more difficult than it should be. You've had the number for so long, and it's registered in so many places...plus, you need a home phone number, right?
While it's true that giving up your home phone number altogether would be a huge hassle, it's not true that you need to keep your landline service in order to have the number. Who really wants to be tied down to wires and cords these days?
More and more people are choosing to move their home phone numbers to cell phones, in a process known as "porting." Thinking about making the switch yourself? Read on to discover everything you'll need to know about porting your landline.
Why Cut the Cord?The idea of landlines is quickly becoming outdated - however if you've had one for a while, it might be difficult to let go. Besides the simple desire to keep a number you've had for so long, your home phone number might be on file in so many places that changing it would be an absolute nightmare. That's not to mention all of the friends, family members and local businesses whom you'd have to notify if you got rid of it.
Or perhaps you have a local or small business yourself. In that case, keeping your phone number is essential - you'd risk missing out on clients if you got rid of it. However, the monthly cost of keeping a landline might just not be worth the service.
Of all the reasons that people choose to disconnect from their physical landline service, the first one is cost. According to an informal poll undertaken by one CNET writer, people are paying anywhere from $30-$80 per month to keep their home telephone service. Many cell phone plans allow you to add a second number for well below that rate - like Community Phone's $10/month second line - meaning that porting your home phone number to a cell phone will actually save you money on your monthly bills.
Another advantage of transferring your landline to a cell phone is the added versatility. If your home phone number is routed to a cell phone, you're able to receive home-phone calls even when you're on the go - which means you're much less likely to miss out on important information. It also means that if you move to a new home, you won't have to worry about whether you'll be able to keep the same phone number - simply pick up the cell phone and take it with you to your new residence.
So, how do you transfer a landline number to a cell phone? It's easier than you might think.
What is Number Porting?
The process of transferring a home phone number from a landline to a cellphone is known as number porting. The term "port" is just a shortened version of the world portability, that was eventually adopted as industry slang.
Phone number porting is a really simple concept. All you're actually doing is transferring your phone number from one service provider to another. It allows you to keep your existing number if you move locations, or even if you just want to swap service providers. The process can be carried out between wireline (landline), and IP phone or wireless providers. And you can port your phone number to any type of cell phone you want - even an old school flip phone will do the trick.
While the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) legally requires that companies allow you to port your number, you can't use it as a way to escape payments. If your current landline has a contract attached to it, you'll have to make sure that you're all paid up before porting, including any additional fees that your current provider might charge for early cancellation of your contract. Check with your current service provider about what it will take to prepare for porting.
For those whose phone number is bundled up with internet, television, home security or other services, you'll probably need to change your package prior to transferring your number. Just be sure you do NOT cancel your old phone service before the number transfer is complete, or you'll risk losing the phone number altogether!
Transfer a Landline to a Cell Phone: The Nuts and Bolts
Once you've sorted everything out with your landline provider, you'll need to know where your phone number will be going. If you don't have a Community Phone account already, then you'll want to open one so you can transfer your number over.
Once your account is ready, simply provide Community Phone with your old account information:
Address of the landline
Account holder name
Account pin (if your provider uses pins)
and we'll take care of the transfer for you!
The process of transferring your home phone number to a cell phone account may take a few days - however your landline will continue to work during this period. In fact, the transfer can take up to 10 business days to complete depending on your current provider, but once porting is complete, your old landline will stop working, and you'll be free to cancel your old telephone account.
Transferring your home phone number from a landline to a cell phone is easier than you think, and Community Phone has all of the technology and know-how to make the process seamless for you. If you have any questions about how to transfer a landline to a cell phone, or want to know more about porting your home phone number, don't hesitate to give us a call at 888-582-4177 or 617-963-0004 and we'll be very happy to help you out.