CELL PHONE NUMBER PORTABILITY

You’re now able to retain your phone number when you switch cell phone providers. The FCC mandate went nationwide last week. Theoretically you can even move your landline number around – transfer it to your cell phone, for example.

It’s a decidedly mixed blessing. If you’re considering a switch, read this article about number portability. Here’s some of its points:

– You probably can’t use the same phone when switching carriers.

– Contracts still exist and are expensive to break.

– Additional fees may apply.

– Phones sold on auction sites aren’t always a great deal.

– New deals on service have more catches.