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Cancel line with unpaid iPhone X instead of the month to month paid off iPhone lines
This is the current setup:
Sister: iPhone X - she's still paying for it (phone # doesn't matter)
Brother: iPhone 8 - paid off, month to month now (wants to keep phone #)
Mother: iPhone 7 - paid off, month to month now (wants to keep phone #)
This is the situation, my sister got in financial trouble, so she won't be able to keep paying her iPhone X. My brother will take over that iPhone X bill; however, he wants to cancel one of the lines. AT&T tells him he will have to cancel either his line or my mother's line. The issue is that neither one of them wants to lose their "Phone Number" as they've had the same number for a long time. The phone number seems to be the issue here, not the payment of the iPhone X.
My mother wants to sell her paid off iPhone 7 and use my brother's paid off iPhone 8, while my brother wants to start paying and using my sister's iPhone X, and cancel one of the lines as well; preferably my sister's line as to not lose any of the phone numbers they really want to keep.
I understand that the line with the iPhone X would be the least likely to be cancelled since the phone is still being paid for; however, is there anything they can do to get this done since the phone is still going to get paid by my brother.
If there are no issues in canceling either one of the lines from the paid off month to month iPhones... what is the issue in canceling the "Line" with the unwanted phone number for customers that have been with AT&T for a decade now since the iPhone 4? They will most definitely keep using AT&T for a long time either way. I keep thinking there's something that can be done here.
Please let me know of any known solutions. Thank you.