Since November 23, 2003, new Verizon Wireless customers have been granted access to Verizon phone porting. The Verizon porting services allow incoming customers to bring their old phone number with them when opening a new Verizon account. The new Verizon phone assumes the old number. Because of this service, customers change cellular carriers without the need to change phone numbers.
Several contingencies determine eligibility for the porting service. The incoming number must originate from the same geographic area associated with the new Verizon activation. Verizon also states that the old cellular service must remain active during the porting process. Verizon provides an online web portal through which a potential customer may enter his number and determine his eligibility.
According to Verizon, the porting process should take no more than one day’s time. And, it could occur in as little as three hours. During this time period, outgoing calls can be made with the new Verizon phone. However, until the port goes through, incoming calls will not reach the customer on his new phone. Verizon advises new customers to maintain access to both the old and new phones until the port resolves.
Verizon does not charge a fee for porting an incoming number.
The cellular user should review his contractual commitment to his previous cellular provider before he attempts to port his number. Cellular companies may enforce an early termination fee against the customer if his old number is ported prior to the expiration of the his contract. Even though the customer's old cellular service contract has not expired, he may transfer the number penalty-free if the old carrier changes its terms and the customer has not yet accepted the change. An Internet search should inform the customer if this is a possibility.
Google Voice Porting for Verizon Numbers
As of January 2011, Verizon users can port their Verizon number to the Google Voice service. Google Voice integrates with Verizon Android phones and allows the Google Voice number to appear on caller ID when the Verizon customer places an outgoing call.
- Verizon Wireless: Local Number Portability
- Verizon Wireless: Determine Porting Eligibility
- Phone Dog: Google Voice Finally Allows Number Porting for All Users; Alex Wagner Alex Wagner; January 25, 2011
- Google: Google Voice
- "Lifehacker"; Get Out of Your Verizon Contract Without Paying an Early Termination Fee; Adam Dachis; June 29, 2011
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