questionsdoes anybody have any good solutions to this…

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double check on that porting numbers thing. i swear when i originally moved from chicago to seattle and got a new phone, i was able to keep my chicago number. maybe it's because you're putting her on your plan instead of her own plan?

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You could always just port the number to her google voice account and then it's hers to keep regardless of carrier.

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@cobracat03: Did not work for me because at the time google did not have a local number for me. (Things may have changed)

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I was able to port my Michigan number when I moved from Florida to Texas.

I'd be really surprised if that's the case, I had no issues going from AT&T to Sprint as far as keeping my number goes. I'd double check that, it sounds like someone at the carrier giving you a load of crap and trying to pass it off as an answer.

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I ported a number with a Chicago area code 8 years after I moved from Chicago to Michigan. This really shouldn't be an issue. You may have been given bad info. Note - my port process did take the full 24 hours, rather than being done in an hour or less, but it did work.

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You could see if she can port her number to a non-contract phone (like a TracPhone) and then port that to your plan when she gets here. Don't know if it would work, but it's worth investigating.

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wilfbrim, my daughter, just today, a few hours ago, ported her cell phone away from T-Mobile and to AT&T. She moved from my plan (where she's been for years and years). Neither of us now lives in the area code that are cell phones are in. She had absolutely no problems (and we've already exchanged phone calls, and a couple of texts).

Whoever told you that she couldn't move her number might need to read the manual again.

Yes, you can.

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There is no reason why she can't port her number. She might have to do it in two steps, which is what I did when I did a similar thing that also involved switching carriers: first, I got the new phone with an AT&T-assigned local number. Then I arranged to port my old, non-local number to my new phone, replacing the "temporary" assigned local number. It took about a month total, which was a huge pain, but at least I was able to keep the number.

Legally, I believe that the carriers are required to allow you to do what you want to do, so keep pushing them.

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Whoever told you porting only works with local numbers is full of crap. It works with any number.

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@stryker4526: This does sound like the level of knowledge that most cell phone store employees have on average. I don't know if they just suffer from extremely high turnover rates or what, but there are few (if any) retail stores with less informed employees than what you tend to find at cell phone stores (especially the stores that are run by the carriers).

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I have sprint stock so go with plan b.

Thanks!

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I agree with everyone else double check the port thing. I'm not on at&t anymore but when I moved and changed providers I kept my old at&t number new location and new provider if that can be done I see no reason why they can't keep hers. Other than being lazy or not knowing better. Ask the manager maybe?

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Thanks for the info. This may be possible, but it AT&T seems hell bent on driving me away. Talked to one CSR, who send me somewhere else where I was put on terminal hold. Ugh.

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@wilfbrim: I have had hit and miss service with ATT and have been with them for years. I will suggest taking to Twitter if you have an account there, and hit up @ATTCustomerCare account. sometimes you can get better service that way.

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@wilfbrim: Mistake #1 is ATT.

Used to work for a cell phone company, and I can assure you that porting a number has NOTHING to do with the area code...

I am sure that Sprint, VZW, T-Mobile, etc would be HAPPY to port your number and hers over! Make the switch; get a great phone and save money on your bill.

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look, i'm dumber than most peepul, so take what i type with a grain of salt. when we tried to put my inlaws on the same plan as us, att told us that att company policy was that every1 on a fambly plan had to have the same area code (inlaws live in diff state); we could either pick inlaws area code or our area code, but not both. peeps who move to different state, the differing state may not be an issue mabe b/c you're by yourself on your plan or otherwise have only a single area code for all fones on the plan.

tmobile let us have differing area codes, although they said they'd rather not but let us do it anyhoo.

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Like everyone else says, try again. It can be done.

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@no1: look, i'm dumber than most peepul, so take what i type with a grain of salt. when we tried to put my inlaws on the same plan as us, att told us that att company policy was that every1 on a fambly plan had to have the same area code (inlaws live in diff state); we could either pick inlaws area code or our area code, but not both. peeps who move to different state, the differing state may not be an issue mabe b/c you're by yourself on your plan or otherwise have only a single area code for all fones on the plan.

I'm calling B.S. We have a family plan with AT&T - we ported 4 numbers in with three different area codes. I have taken my number through 4 carriers with no problems. I think it is sometimes difficult for the cell companies to do the porting, so they tell you they can't.

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I think by law they have to port.
Ooma did 2 things to get me to not port, and if I was vigilant I could have ported my number but we had some medical issues I could not fight with them at the time.
1 they told us it was not possible. (not true)
2 Later (20ish days later they told me we would be without phone for 15 days if we ported) (I think that is the maximum grace period for porting). So I lost my number.