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Can I do this on a family plan?

Zap16

Jan 24, 2011, 9:14 PM
Question can I do this without any hiccups?

One of the phones broke down with 4 months to go on a 24-months contract. If I simply upgrade the phone, Sprint gives me $75 off retail and that's it.

What I want to do is open another line (#3), get a fully discounted phone ($150 for HTC Shift right now).

The pay $50 ETF, cancel line #2 AND (this is must!) port the number over to line #3.

This all seems logical. With customer service be able to follow through? :-)
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serendair

Jan 24, 2011, 9:46 PM
If you cancel the line, pay the ETF, you'll lose the phone number associated with that line. You won't be able to port in a sprint number like what you want to do.
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Zap16

Jan 24, 2011, 10:08 PM
Thanks! Does this mean that I should swap the numbers before I cancel #2?
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vercetti

Jan 24, 2011, 10:12 PM
you cant swap numbers, trying to take one phone number from a line and move it to another line is a migration, you cannot do this. it is not the same as a port. They disallow this (although it can be done) to prevent what you are doing.....commonly referred to as phantom churn.
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TMO-MAN

Jan 24, 2011, 11:16 PM
You guys cant do a msidn reuse if he cancels that line numbers shouldnt get recycled THAT quickly!!!
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epik

Jan 25, 2011, 10:34 AM
I can't speak to Sprint, but I know that with my own employer, a number and a contract are essentially one and the same. In most cases, canceling a contract is killing a number. Then reactivating a number is resurrecting the same contract. The two can't easily be divided.

Carriers long ago figured out the negative impact of allowing this kind of switcheroo, so they generally found ways to prevent it.
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phantom mullet

Jan 25, 2011, 10:43 AM
And you can only 'resurrect' the line within 45 days of canceling it.
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epik

Jan 25, 2011, 10:56 AM
Exactly. I guess if someone could go for two to three months without service, they could get around some of this. Or if someone ported out to a prepay for three months, then ported back as a new line after the period in which the line would simply be reactivated, you could accomplish this. But then you'd end up having to buy a phone on prepay, which could cost you more anyway.

I run into people all the time who think a contract is merely something you assign to a number. Carriers nixed that a decade or more ago.

Imagine being able to defer your contract to another line on your account, effectively mortgaging your account. That would be a royal mess.
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