Verizon Prepaid = A 6 Month Lock on Switching Your Number to a Verizon Contract?
March 10, 2012 4:04 PM Subscribe
Verizon and Google Voice experts: Which of these plans will be the best way to port my number? What can go wrong with these approaches?
posted by slidell to Technology (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here's the deal. My (AT&T) smartphone died. I wanted to switch to Verizon. I didn't know what Verizon smartphone I wanted. So to cover me while I decided, I got a prepaid Verizon plan and a cheap phone.
I finally decided on the Droid Razr. It's $49.99 at Amazon Wireless for those getting new contracts. Great. I tried to order it. It says I can't port my number over. Why??
As best I can figure out, I can't port it anywhere because I'm not a "new Verizon customer." Verizon has some kind of firewall between prepaid and contract customers, but it doesn't apply in this instance. Verizon will still give me the "with a new 2-year contract" phone prices, but they won't let others give that to me, because I'm not a "new customer." (Never mind that the entire point was that I wanted to be a new customer but just take my time deciding.) For this phone, the price difference between Verizon and Amazon is $180.
My first idea was:
1. Buy a phone via Amazon and get a new number, then:
1a. Go to a store and have the old number transferred to that phone.
What I was told is that this would not work because that number is "locked in pre-paid for 6 months." What! I specifically did not get a contract because I specifically knew I was going to do this exact thing. Do you think that this warning is right?
Or, I could get a new number, then:
1b. Port my old number into Google voice and forward calls to this new number
Would that work?
My other idea is:
2. Port the number to a prepaid service with a different carrier, like MetroPCS or T-Mobile, for a few days. Then try again, and see if I'm now a "new customer" with Verizon. Would this be easy? I have an LG Extrovert. Oh, AND I want to trade the phone in to Verizon if possible.
I'm leaning toward 1b. Could something go wrong with this plan? I suppose if I don't like it, I could switch my number back to the cell phone after 6 months... right? Is there some other risk of switching my number to Google Voice that I'm missing? (Since I'm on a Droid, it seems that my Caller ID won't be a problem.)
Thanks for any advice. I've called Verizon four times already. Nobody seems to have answers.