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Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 6:19 PM

Migrate From Wireless to Digital and more…

So I have been getting an insane amount of flash sms messages on one of my wireless numbers. I’ve called and been told to work with the cell phone manufacturer to fix the issue, to no avail. The manufacturer referred back to AT&T in fact. I know I’m not the only one with the issue, there’s an active thread under wireless where we remind each other no solution has been provided after 6 months. I digress…

I have decided how I want to structure things moving forward however. I have two personal cell phone lines that I am using currently, thanks to the annoying screen disruptions and endless calls for Medicare and ObamaCare enrollment, I just am done with this phone number… well almost. Technically I have 3 open lines but I think one I need to not focus on unless I want to pay even more up front. 

I have one line where I brought my own device on, completely new number for me. Personal friends and family have mostly been switched over to the new device. I want to keep that as my cell phone. I want to upgrade to a newer and larger iPhone though (was a second line shared on the 11 Pro Max, now on 12 Pro).

 The annoyance in my life, my old cell phone number, there’s a few important people who still call that number, mainly my  80 year old grandmother, instead of updating the Rolodex. I want to migrate this to digital phone with AT&T (I already have a plan with AT&T Internet). This line is now available for upgrade, or maybe one payment, it’s practically paid off. (11 Pro Max)

 The third line that I wasn’t going to mention. I’m paying the device off still, I was trying to be nice but someone reminded me that being nice and being taken advantage of are two different things, so I had to cut them out, replace the device, secure control of the line. I doubt there’s much I can do except pay that device off and then close it. (Used to be the 12 Pro mentioned above)

What can I do to most efficiently make all of these changes? TIA!

ACE - Sage

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1 year ago

I have no idea what you mean by 'migrate your former primary phone number to digital'?  

What do you mean by digital?

Why aren't you porting the number out to something like Google voice, so that it's virtual instead of paying for it?

Any phones that you aren't using you can sell. As long as they're paid off you can sell them on swappa. And any wine that doesn't have a phone installment on it can be canceled by calling AT&T and asking for cancelation

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So the line full of the flash messages and spam calls. That line is still active and open, it’s currently a cell phone. I’d like that number to go to digital home phone. Use the new number as cell phone. No need for the suspended line. It’s only active because I have to pay the device off to fully close that line.

ACE - Sage

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1 year ago

Okay, so then text isn't possible.

So I'm not sure what else you're asking. Once a phone is paid off, you can cancel the line you can transfer it to another service provider, etc.  Thanks to installments there is no early termination fee to deal with, but you still have to pay off a very expensive phone. If you cancel a line in the phone still has installments the rest of the installments would be on the next bill and AT&T would expect payment on the next bill.

Once the phones are paid off they are yours to do what you please. You can use them as a trade-in, you can sell them. If you're going to sell them I would suggest you unlock them. Those phones are Universal and they will work on any service provider once they are carrier unlocked

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Right, I can at least block the calls, I cannot get a solution to block the flash sms messages from AT&T even.  It’s a mess that isn’t being addressed, but I really would like to salvage the number before completely having to abandon it. I can’t afford to pay the full amount on the phone just yet so I’m chopping away as best I can, but when I asked about closing the line they wanted me to pay the device immediately that day, and I declined. Is moving from wireless to digital home allowed I guess is the big question today. That alone would save a lot of money right now to work off the other line faster.

ACE - Sage

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1 year ago

Is moving from wireless to digital home allowed I guess is the big question today.

You are allowed to port or migrate numbers between services so that's not a problem. Just like any other port or migration information will be required like account number, security PIN codes or Port pin if you're staying with AT&T it would be considered a migration

That alone would save a lot of money right now to work off the other line faster

As long as you understand as soon as you port or migrate a phone number off your cell account, the balance of any phone installments on that line would be billed in full on the next bill, if not required up front. 

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