How to Keep Your Landline Number When Moving

Updated: Feb 14

Moving? Learn how to bring your landline number with you.


It's getting harder and harder to find old fashioned landline service these days. That can be especially true if you're moving home or business locations and want to keep your number.


In this blog post, we will cover the most affordable and popular methods for keeping your landline number, regardless of where you're moving. By the end of this read, you will be able to cross this task off your to-do list safely.


What we will cover:

  1. What happens when you cancel your landline service.

  2. Three options for keeping your landline number.

  3. Checking if your number is eligible to be transferred

  4. How to transfer your number (and bring it with you)

  5. Choosing a service provider


What happens when you cancel your landline number


Over the years, you've probably registered your number in countless places: schools, doctors, services, and organizations. After you move, you might still want to be able to receive those calls.


What happens when you cancel your landline service without saving the number? Those calls, texts, and personal contacts continue to reach that old phone number. And when that number is reissued, a new phone subscriber now has easy access to that personal information.


An unfortunate state of affairs indeed.

Fortunately, you do have a couple of options for avoiding this all-to-common fate.



Three options for keeping your number


Option 1: Sign up for a Wireless Plan


Most of the major carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint) will let you move your landline number onto a cell phone with their cellular plans.


A wireless plan is an excellent route if you need your landline number to be on a unique separate cell phone. Still, it’s also quite expensive and requires that you buy a completely different cell phone from the one you already have.


Benefits

  • Great if you need your landline number to be on a unique cell phone.

  • Great if you don’t already have a cell phone. You can make your landline number your cell phone!

Cons

  • Expensive, standard cellular plans can range from $30-$70 a month, depending on your usage needs.

  • Difficult to setup. You usually have to switch to a retail location.

  • Requires you carry around another cell phone if you already have one.


Option 2: Sign up for a Call Forwarding Plan ($16/month)


Sometimes receiving calls from your landline number is enough. With Call Forwarding, you can do precisely that, while saving quite a bit of money.


Call Forwarding is a service that lets you store your landline number digitally and then have all calls forwarded to your cell phone. That means you can receive your landline calls right on your existing cell phone, without having to get a new phone or cellular plan.


The cost for Call Forwarding can vary, but in most cases, it is cheaper than your current landline service. Plus, it comes with a host of features, including free robocall blocking.


Benefits

  • Cheaper than a wireless plan.

  • Easy to setup

  • It does not require a new cell phone - all calls forwarded to your existing cell phone.

  • Transfer your number online in minutes—no visit to the retail store.

Cons

  • You can’t make outbound calls from your landline number.

  • Your landline and cell phone voicemail become the same.


Option 3: Sign up for a Number Docking or Parking Plan ($2/month)

Benefits

  • Cheapest option

  • Maximum flexibility, switch to the other options at any time.

  • Easy to setup

  • Does not require a new cell phone.

  • Transfer your number online in minutes—no visit to the retail store.

Cons

  • You can’t make outbound calls from your landline number.

  • You won't receive calls from your landline while it's parked or docked.


Checking if your number is eligible to be transferred


In most cases, you will need to move your landline number to a new carrier that offers your preferred option. Unfortunately, not all landline numbers are eligible to be transferred or “ported” to a new provider.


Use the secure and private form below to run an eligibility check on your landline number. Please note, your information is secure, per our privacy policy.



How to transfer your number (and bring it with you)


If you are interested in putting your number on a separate cell phone (wireless plan option), you will need to contact a cellular carrier and port your number to their network. Depending on the carrier, you may need to go to a retail store to get this setup. You will also need to have a separate cell phone device.


Fortunately, if you are interested in Number Docking or Call Forwarding, the transfer process is much more straightforward. You won't need a separate device, and you can transfer or "port" your number entirely online.


Regardless of the option you choose, your new service provider will ask for the following "porting information" to move your number.


- Landline Number

- Account Holders Full Name

- Service Address (this is the address of your landline on file with your previous provider)

- Account Number

- PIN Number


You can get your Account and PIN number by simply calling your service provider and asking for it. The process of moving one number to another service provider can take between 1-2 weeks.


Transfer Now


Certain carriers, like NumberDock, have simplified the transfer process by allowing you to do it entirely online.


In fact, NumberDock is the only nationwide carrier that specializes in saving landline numbers. We are proud to offer home and business movers the most affordable and secure way to keep their home or business landline number when moving or switching service providers.


Get started with your landline transfer here.


Thanks so much for reading, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me at sophie@numberdock.org.




Cheers!

Sophie O’Brien

NumberDock

Account Executive