How to Switch to a Cell Service and Maintain Your Landline Phone Number

by Jenny Parker
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More and more people today are opting to cancel their landline phone service in favor of using only a cell phone. If you spend the majority of your days outside the home and find yourself not using your landline often enough to justify its expense, going wireless may be a cost-effective option for you. You even have the option to keep your same phone number; all you have to do is ask about porting your existing number when you sign up for new cell phone service.

Step 1

Locate a copy of your most recent landline phone bill that includes your name and address; this will be required by the cell phone company to verify that you own the phone number you are attempting to port.

Step 2

Visit a store location of the cell phone company whose service you’re interested in. Choose a phone and calling plan, then present your landline phone bill and inform the sales representative who is helping you that you’d like to port your landline number to your new cell phone. The representative will get the process started for you. It can take anywhere from two hours to up to a week for a landline-to-cell phone port to be completed.

Contact your landline phone company after the port has been completed to ensure that your service has been discontinued. A successful number port usually cancels your landline service automatically, but you will want to double-check just to be safe.


  • Do not cancel your landline phone service before the number port has been completed. If your service is prematurely canceled, you will forfeit ownership of your phone number and the port may not be successful.


  • You may incur a fee for porting your landline number to your new cell phone service. Check with the cellular service provider you are signing up with about any fees that may be associated with number porting.


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About the Author

Jenny Parker is a New England-based entrepreneur who has been writing since 1995. Parker writes extensively on creative self-employment and genealogy; her work has appeared on and She also has self-published several short story collections and is currently working on her first non-fiction book chronicling the history of her ancestors in America.

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