Moving? Why You Should Transfer That Landline Number to Your Cell Phone
Moving is a great time to simplify your household. That can mean rethinking services like your phone carrier — and that landline you’ve been hanging onto.
Did you know that the majority of homes are mobile phone-only for the first time in history? Mobile phones are so convenient, with everything you need at your fingertips. And according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, landline costs have increased by 24%, which is another reason why so many people are cutting the cord.
But if you’ve had the same number for a while, or love the nostalgia of your landline number, it can be hard to part with. Thanks to porting, you don’t have to.
Basically, FCC Wireless local number portability (WLNP) is the ability to change providers in the same area and keep your number. So when you move, you can make the switch to UScellular™ without missing a beat.
Your current carrier can’t stop you from bringing your number over, but if you’re moving a very long distance, porting is at the new service provider’s discretion.
Cost Efficiency: Keeping your long-held number doesn't have to mean being stuck with ballooning fees and requirements with a specific carrier. At UScellular, we have a range of plans and pricing so you can choose what’s right for you and your family. Compare our plans.
Capability: Smart phones keep getting smarter. From apps, maps, spam blockers, recording and more, mobile phones just do more. No matter your needs, we’ve got all the devices you’ve been looking for. Shop phones.
Consistency: Your contacts will be able to reach you through the same number without interruption — they’ll never even know they’re calling a different phone.
First, check your current contract. You may have to pay a fee to cancel early or just wait it out. But don’t cancel your existing contract until you initiate new service, or else you could interrupt the service and actually lose your number.
Then, start the process with your new provider. Stop in at your local UScellular store and be sure to have a statement from your existing contract ready. Find a store.
Keep in mind that going from landline to wireless could take a few days. There might be a crossover period of a day or so when both phones work with the same number.
Once the transfer is complete, you can focus on the fun stuff, like organizing your housewarming party or finding the best spot for coffee in your new neighborhood. For more information about devices, plans and pricing in your area, Trust a Local.