Cutting the Cord: Transferring Your Landline Number to your Cell Phone

An increasing number of Americans are making the switch to cellular-only phone service, cutting the cord and leaving landlines behind.

It can be a tough decision. What are the benefits? What are you giving up? How do you know when to make the switch?

If you have considered making the switch, you’re in good company – nearly two in every five American households have already moved to wireless-only phone service. With that in mind, here are some things to consider before cutting the cord.

Keeping and Transferring Your Phone Number

When you switch from a landline to a cell phone, even across carriers, transferring your phone number can be easy. Typically, you can seamlessly move your old landline number to your new phone and transfer any contacts without them knowing they are calling a different phone. Once you’ve checked your existing contract, all you need to initiate your switch to a cell phone is a copy of a recent bill from your current carrier. This will help verify your current carrier’s information as you begin the process of transferring your number. Check with your local provider to ensure that your number can be transferred and to find out more on how the process works.

Check Your Existing Contract

If your current landline phone service is on a contract, you may have to either pay additional fees for early cancellation or wait out your contract before making a switch.

Another consideration is any bundle deals or other services you may have tied to your landline phone service. If you also get television, home internet, home security or other services through your phone provider, you may need to change your package before you can cancel your phone.

Check with your provider.

Don’t Cancel Before Transferring

Make sure you have transferred your old phone number to your new cell phone and plan before cancelling your phone service with your previous provider, otherwise you could interrupt the process and lose the ability to keep that number.

What to Expect During Your Transfer

The process of transferring your landline phone number to a new wireless phone can take several days – however, during this time your existing landline will continue to work.

Once the transfer is complete, your old phone number will be connected to your new device. Shortly after this, your old landline will stop working as the old service is disconnected.