Questions about switching family to Verizon from TMobile
Hi, hope someone can help me I'm planning on leaving Tmo for Verizon next month. I'd be starting off with an individual plan and I would like to eventually add my parents -in a few months- when their Tmo contracts expire. That way I can hopefully pay for one family plan on VZW for all of us. My questions are:
On Verizon, can I upgrade my individual plan to a family plan at any time? I've heard some carriers require a waiting period to "add a line" for new customers.
Will my parents be able to port their Tmo numbers to VZW, or will they be required to get new numbers since they will be joining VZW through "add a line" on my account?
I have never dealt with Verizon before so any help will be greatly appreciated
- 08-21-11, 10:51 PM #4
It is my experience that you can make plan changes anytime you want with Big Red. I have added and canceled lines, ported numbers, etc. They will certainly allow you to expand your account by changing to a family share plan. There might be a charge from TMO or VZW when you port your parents' telephone numbers, but there is no reason that you can't do it. There will, of course, be additional charges from TMO if your parents still have contract time remaining on their accounts.
Remember that you'll have to replace your GSM TMO phones with CDMA phones. Oh darn -- new phones!
As for getting new phones...MMM, cannot wait! I hope the 9850 will be available soon on VZW.
- 08-22-11, 01:34 AM #6
EDIT: A note about porting your parents' numbers. As I understand it, most numbers can be ported from one provider to another, so long as the account with the original service provider is in good standing. Having said that, I've heard that there are some cases where numbers cannot be ported to another provider. I do not know any details though -- it was several years ago when some companies wanted nothing to do with customers taking their numbers to other providers. The courts told them to shape up and let it happen. At any rate, I'd suggest that you talk to VZW customer service and ask. They should be able to tell you specifically if your parents' numbers can be moved to VZW.
Last edited by Underway99; 08-22-11 at 01:44 AM. Reason: added porting notes
- 08-22-11, 11:45 AM #7
I was able to port my number I got over 13 years ago from SunCom to AT&T to Cingular back to AT&T to Nextel to Sprint then finally to Verizon without a problem or any fees.
- 08-22-11, 01:46 PM #8
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Verizon's website allows you to simply input your existing phone number to check if it can be ported. But I don't have 10 posts on here yet, so the forum won't let me post the link...
Last edited by kirkub; 08-22-11 at 08:14 PM. Reason: I guess this was my 10th post, so URL included!
Underway99, ColdSunshine, CharlesH & kirkub, thank you kindly for all the helpful info! It's good to know that numbers can be ported multiple times between carriers if needed. I have been with T-Mobile for over 10 years but I recently moved (only moved 5 miles from my old house) but Tmo service is very spotty here at the new place. I can see from my Verizon friends that their coverage is perfect here so I'm excited to switch!
I spoke with a VZW Rep in store today and he verified that "yes" I can do all the things I want to do and keep all the numbers the same I will have to pay activation fees for my parents' numbers which is fine. Now I just need to wait and see if VZW will get the 9850, if not I will get the shiny new Bold. Either will be a step up from my aging Curve 8900
- 08-23-11, 02:03 AM #12
Verizon likes to change it's plans often. Check back every few months and take a look at what they are offering. I changed to a different plan with the same amount of minutes and saved $20 a month. Check with you job too and see if they offer a corp discount.
- 08-23-11, 10:01 AM #13
This. I only get 8% but my sister swapped to Verizon and she gets 21%. Also, if any of your friends have Verizon, ask them to refer you. They'll get a $25 prepaid Visa card and you'll get one also. I referred a friend of mine not too long ago and just got mine in the mail last week.
@Underway99 - Thank you for the warm welcome!
I will definitely be keeping my eye on new Verizon plans! It's nice to know there won't be a 2-year restart on contracts when switching plans on VZW. Tmo would always force a new 2-year period from the date of making even a slight change to my plan. Which pushed back any eligibility for a phone upgrade another 2 years...ugh!
@ColdSunshine - That's awesome! I'm totally doing this Thank you for the tip!