Although some customers see a better deal, mobile phone providers are reluctant to switch because most people already know their mobile number. In the meantime, that contract mobile phone service can cost you an arm and a leg every month. With prepaid you can better manage your mobile budget and not lose your old mobile number. Depending on your provider, there may be a small fee for switching services.
As long as the new operator is still in your area, many operators are required by the FCC to implement Local Number Portable (LNP), a service that allows you to transfer a telephone number to another operator. You can change your wireless service provider and get the LNP mandate to keep the same number or switch your landline to a mobile phone. You cannot transfer a pager number, toll free number or any other special usage number.
Normally, when you switch your phone number from an old service to a new one, your old service automatically shuts off. If your previous service was a contract type mobile service and your contract has not yet expired, you will still have to pay for the old service. But if you switch between prepaid services, as always, long-term contracts or related fees do not apply.
However, LNP does not mean that you can use a mobile phone as an extension of a landline phone; If you transfer your landline number to your mobile phone, your landline service will be disconnected. In the future, however, operators may be able to provide this type of service. At the moment, the best way to use your mobile phone as an extension to your home phone is to use the call forwarding feature on your landline home phone.
You can transfer a phone number regardless of your supplier, the FCC stipulates that a supplier should not refuse to transfer a phone number to another supplier. If you need to transfer a phone number to a new service, please contact your new provider first, they will handle the transfer. Please do not cancel your old service before the transfer process begins, or you may lose the ability to change the number. Note that sometimes mobile phone providers have incompatible phones and you may want to buy another phone even if you have the same phone number.