November 25, 2003

Number Portability Begins

POST #    589

"I read that so many people are going to switch back and forth there's going to be a market for phones on eBay. If I get $20 for the old phone, that's beer money to me." - Doug Lhotka on buying a new phone after switching providers.

Yesterday, number portability for cell phones began, causing stores to be inundated with customers looking to switch providers. Some people even lined up to switch right as the stores opened. With number portability, you can take your cell phone number from carrier to carrier, where previously you would lose your phone number if you switched providers. (That was for those of you who still don't know what number portability is.)

Despite my carrier being the much maligned T-Mobile, I don't think I'll be switching providers. I have a good plan, they have nice fancy phones, excellent customer service, and they use GSM. All these overcome the occasionally poor reception that I get.

Posted by tien mao in Tech at 9:11 AM



I desperately need a new cell phone and plan...I can't figure out which one to take. I want an inexpensive yet fancy phone, too, which makes thins more difficult...

Posted by: corie at November 25, 2003 9:34 AM

I'm sticking with those guys too. Phone works in Afghanistan, but not in North Guilford, CT. So I have a Verizon phone for the house. Would like to switch over to Verizon altogether, but their phones suck! So, I'll take the nice gadget over whether I can use it or not any day!

Posted by: Oscar at November 25, 2003 9:45 AM

it's hard to decide which way to go with service. and with all the people switching, it's just going to bog down some networks. so much to think about.

i love t-mobile's plans and how if i wanted, i could use it worldwide (not that i've really tested this out yet). this article in yesterday's times has a little chart for the pros and cons of all the providers.

Posted by: tien at November 25, 2003 10:10 AM

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