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Cingular Locking Phone Numbers when you cancel

by robcat69 / October 17, 2006 1:04 PM PDT

Please be advised, if you are considering changing carriers and wish to keep you phone number, you must sign on with a new carrier and transfer your number before you tell Cingular to cancel your account.
Once you tell Cingular to close your account, they lock your number and it cannot be moved. Period.
Maybe everone knows this but me, I was surely not informed of this by Cingular in the process.
No big deal, but don't be surprised.
Save yourself the hassle and plan ahead, and be advised.
I've been with ATT / Cingular for years, BTW. Thanks a bunch Cingular...
Happily a T-Moble customer now. Plus I feel better for telling someone... Happy

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Not exactly
by birdmantd Forum moderator / October 17, 2006 8:30 PM PDT

Obviously you are not giving the whole story. No carrier can refuse to port your mobile phone # to another carrier. If you cancelled your original account with Cingular first then there would be a problem. All you do is simply go to the new carrier first to request the change and it is transferred. You do not need to contact the old provider in any way. While some delays occur, no carrier can refuse to port out a number.

Please give more details about the problem that occurred.

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Sorry
by birdmantd Forum moderator / October 17, 2006 9:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Not exactly

If I sounded defensive or uncaring in my first post I apologize. The sales rep could have suggested you call Cingular to reactivate your old mobile # to allow the transfer (as long as it is less than 60 days). Would have solved your problem. I wish you the best of luck.

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Not exactly
by juumeegogo / February 6, 2009 11:34 PM PST
In reply to: Not exactly

why dont you read the post clearly before, you post basically the same thing agian in a comment below !! hahaha !!!

what the person advise

"Please be advised, if you are considering changing carriers and wish to keep you phone number, you must sign on with a new carrier and transfer your number before you tell Cingular to cancel your account."

what you said below

"If you cancelled your original account with Cingular first then there would be a problem. All you do is simply go to the new carrier first to request the change and it is transferred."

hahahahahaha

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Huh??
by birdmantd Forum moderator / February 6, 2009 11:51 PM PST
In reply to: Not exactly

Congratulations, you commented on a post that was almost 3 years old. I couldn't edit my post so I posted a second comment because I felt my first post wasn't very constructive. Have a good day.

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