How to Switch Your Wireless Service
Now cell phone users can switch service and keep old number.
A a new federal law will allow customers to keep their mobile phone numbers
after switching carriers, as long as the customer remains within the same
area. This will imake your communications easier than ever.
The ability to transfer your wireless phone number from one carrier to
another is called local number portability, or LNP. It
means that you no longer have to get a NEW number when you change carriers
if you stay within the same geographic area. You get to keep the same
How to Switch Your Cell Phone Service
Generally you get the best cell phone service deals when you establish
a new account. With rebates, you can often get cash back and make hundreds
of dollars by switching.
Experts agree that, if you haven't changed your plan in the last six
months, you're probably paying too much. Phone companies are constantly
offering new plans and new deals. Often, these aren't widely publicized.
The most cited complaints from wirelss customers is poor coverage and
reception. This is becoming even more important as more people make cell
phones their only phones. So if you experience a lot of dead zones, dropped
calls or fuzzy reception, you should consider switching your carrier.
- Study your usage pattern. you
need to know how many minutes per month you talk, how many of those
are at night or on the weekend and whether or not you need to be able
- Find the best wireless carrier
in your area.
- Find the carrier
that provide best customer service.
- Compare service plans that
meet your needs and budget
- Compare cell phones that
are compatible with the service.
Consumer Reports provides the more advice when you're switching cell
- Confirm the total monthly cost, including taxes, fees, and surcharges,
which can really add up.
- Don't lock yourself into a long contract; two years will seem endless
if you're not happy with your cell service.
- Take full advantage of the trial period to make sure you have reliable
service where you need it; this is especially important, since early
termination fees can cost as much as $200.