Sometimes, for whatever reason, you just have to change your phone provider. Maybe you have found another company that has lower rates. Maybe you and a family member want to go into a family plan together. Whatever the reason, changing a phone company can be a hassle.
The main annoyance is that you have to go through all your contacts and give out your new phone number. Many of our New Jersey Answering Service customers, for example, have been doing business under the same 609 phone number for years. Their customers are used to calling that number, and making a switch is difficult.
The good news is that you do not have to change your phone number. With local number portability, assuming that you are switching to another carrier in the same metropolis, you can keep your phone number and still change carriers. In addition, it does not have to be cell phone numbers that will transfer. In some cases, you can switch your landline phone number to a cell phone number provided you meet the area restrictions.
You may be asking, is it free? The safe answer will be to assume that it is not. Phone carriers can charge for wireless number portability and they typically do. Before you look into a phone number transfer, it will be in your best to call up the prospective company that you will transfer service to and inquire about their fee administration policy. However, typically the phone company you will be transferring service from will not charge for the phone number transfer.
This is great news for people who have had their phone numbers a long time. You will not have to worry about people not being able to reach you, as you will be able to maintain the same phone number. In fact, local number portability should be something of which everyone is aware. Even if you do not plan to switch your phone provider now, there may come a day when you will need to.