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When is it best to port out, before or after end of contract?

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by JL, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. JL

    JL Guest

    Hi all. I will port out of ATT to Verizon and my contract is due beginning
    of march. I'm in the NYC area.

    Should I start the port process a couple of weeks before my contract is up?
    (I'm thinking this would risk them charging me an early termination fee and
    the whole mess of trying to get it waived)

    Or, should I wait and ask them to put me on a month to month basis when my
    contract is up (is this even possible?) and then do it.

    What have you successful 'porters' done?

    Thank you very much...

    JL
     



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  2. JL <jl@nospam.org> wrote:
    > Hi all. I will port out of ATT to Verizon and my contract is due beginning
    > of march. I'm in the NYC area.
    >
    > Should I start the port process a couple of weeks before my contract is up?
    > (I'm thinking this would risk them charging me an early termination fee and
    > the whole mess of trying to get it waived)
    >
    > Or, should I wait and ask them to put me on a month to month basis when my
    > contract is up (is this even possible?) and then do it.


    If the port completes before your contract is up, you're going to get hit
    by the carrier you're leaving with an early termination fee, because you
    are terminating your contract early.

    Wait until end-of-contract. And don't cancel your ATTWS account before
    porting or you will lose your number (this holds true no matter who you're
    porting from and who you're porting to).

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  3. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    JL <jl@nospam.org> wrote:
    : Hi all. I will port out of ATT to Verizon and my contract is due beginning
    : of march. I'm in the NYC area.

    : Should I start the port process a couple of weeks before my contract is up?
    : (I'm thinking this would risk them charging me an early termination fee and
    : the whole mess of trying to get it waived)

    Find out when the last day of your contract is and the last day of
    your billing cycle (they may not be the same). Just ask AT&T directly
    what happens when you port and how that effects your contract.

    : Or, should I wait and ask them to put me on a month to month basis when my
    : contract is up (is this even possible?) and then do it.

    AT&T will automatically put you on a month-month basis as soon as your
    contract expires. You may or may not lose some of your promotions you
    got when you signed - I didn't lose anything the last time my AT&TWS
    contract expired, I kept all the Night/Weekend minutes and went
    month-month that way for about seven months.

    I would wait about 7-10 days before the end of your billing period
    ends to intiate a port to another carrier, because AT&T won't prorate
    your bill for unused service when you port a number away. Get service
    with the new provider first. After your number is ported, the new
    carrier tells the old one to cancel your service automatically.

    By the way, you can always try service with Verizon for 15 days free
    without porting to make sure you like their service in places you go.
    They will give you a temporary phone number, and you can port your
    AT&T number to Verizon once you're ready. Verizon didn't charge me
    anything for this - just ask them about this beforehand.

    Andrew
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  4. JL

    JL Guest

    > AT&T will automatically put you on a month-month basis as soon as your
    > contract expires.


    That's great...

    > By the way, you can always try service with Verizon for 15 days free
    > without porting to make sure you like their service in places you go.
    > Andrew


    Yeah, I don't think I'm that concerned with the quality. It's the New York
    City area and all my friends here rave about Verizon. Should I have anything
    to worry about?

    Thanks for your responses...!

    JL
     
  5. JL wrote:
    >> AT&T will automatically put you on a month-month basis as soon as
    >> your contract expires.

    >
    > That's great...
    >
    >> By the way, you can always try service with Verizon for 15 days free
    >> without porting to make sure you like their service in places you go.
    >> Andrew

    >
    > Yeah, I don't think I'm that concerned with the quality. It's the New
    > York City area and all my friends here rave about Verizon. Should I
    > have anything to worry about?
    >
    > Thanks for your responses...!
    >
    > JL




    --

    Rob
    - "You put a living room where the crack den used to be!!!"
    - "Wouldn't it be great if stupidity was painful?"
     
  6. JL wrote:
    > Hi all. I will port out of ATT to Verizon and my contract is due
    > beginning of march. I'm in the NYC area.
    >
    > Should I start the port process a couple of weeks before my contract
    > is up? (I'm thinking this would risk them charging me an early
    > termination fee and the whole mess of trying to get it waived)
    >
    > Or, should I wait and ask them to put me on a month to month basis
    > when my contract is up (is this even possible?) and then do it.
    >
    > What have you successful 'porters' done?
    >
    > Thank you very much...
    >
    > JL


    Word to the wise. Make sure you port a few days before you ATT billing
    period is to end. I ported on the day mine billing period ended and ATT is
    now trying to charge me for an addition month.

    --

    Rob
    - "You put a living room where the crack den used to be!!!"
    - "Wouldn't it be great if stupidity was painful?"
     
  7. Bill Rubin

    Bill Rubin Guest

    "Robert R Kircher, Jr." wrote:
    >
    > JL wrote:
    > > Hi all. I will port out of ATT to Verizon and my contract is due
    > > beginning of march. I'm in the NYC area.
    > >
    > > Should I start the port process a couple of weeks before my contract
    > > is up? (I'm thinking this would risk them charging me an early
    > > termination fee and the whole mess of trying to get it waived)
    > >
    > > Or, should I wait and ask them to put me on a month to month basis
    > > when my contract is up (is this even possible?) and then do it.
    > >
    > > What have you successful 'porters' done?
    > >
    > > Thank you very much...
    > >
    > > JL

    >
    > Word to the wise. Make sure you port a few days before you ATT billing
    > period is to end. I ported on the day mine billing period ended and ATT is
    > now trying to charge me for an addition month.


    Well, did they complete the port on that day, or did it take a
    day or two? They're apparently better than they had been, but
    relying on it being done THAT DAY is just asking for trouble.
    Better to do it a week in advance of the close date.

    Bottom line it's basically impossible to do the port right at
    the end of the contract, you need to stick around for another
    month (or at least have to pay for it).

    Bill
     
  8. Bill Rubin wrote:
    > "Robert R Kircher, Jr." wrote:
    >>
    >> JL wrote:
    >>> Hi all. I will port out of ATT to Verizon and my contract is due
    >>> beginning of march. I'm in the NYC area.
    >>>
    >>> Should I start the port process a couple of weeks before my contract
    >>> is up? (I'm thinking this would risk them charging me an early
    >>> termination fee and the whole mess of trying to get it waived)
    >>>
    >>> Or, should I wait and ask them to put me on a month to month basis
    >>> when my contract is up (is this even possible?) and then do it.
    >>>
    >>> What have you successful 'porters' done?
    >>>
    >>> Thank you very much...
    >>>
    >>> JL

    >>
    >> Word to the wise. Make sure you port a few days before you ATT
    >> billing period is to end. I ported on the day mine billing period
    >> ended and ATT is now trying to charge me for an addition month.

    >
    > Well, did they complete the port on that day, or did it take a
    > day or two? They're apparently better than they had been, but
    > relying on it being done THAT DAY is just asking for trouble.
    > Better to do it a week in advance of the close date.
    >
    > Bottom line it's basically impossible to do the port right at
    > the end of the contract, you need to stick around for another
    > month (or at least have to pay for it).
    >
    > Bill


    Got my phones on Jan 6th (closing date of ATT bill) used all three that day
    with the ported numbers. After using the new phones my old ATT phones were
    dead. ATT has the port in their records. incorrectly, as happening the 7th
    which is the start of the next billing period.

    Needless to say the received a check for the dec balance and a letter to the
    billing department re: the balance. One would hope they'd figure it out but
    I'll bet they won't.


    --

    Rob
    - "You put a living room where the crack den used to be!!!"
    - "Wouldn't it be great if stupidity was painful?"
     
  9. Is it legal for ATT to charge you for an entire month and not pro-rate it?
    I had heard it mentioned that this was against FCC rules for porting...

    -Eric
     
  10. Eric Rosenberry wrote:
    > Is it legal for ATT to charge you for an entire month and not
    > pro-rate it? I had heard it mentioned that this was against FCC rules
    > for porting...
    >
    > -Eric


    That's what I'm looking into as well... The ATT CSR I talked to said it was
    explained on my Dec bill that If a port occurs during a billing cycle they
    would charge me for the entire cycle.

    --

    Rob
    - "You put a living room where the crack den used to be!!!"
    - "Wouldn't it be great if stupidity was painful?"
     

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