I thought that with all the time I’ve spent writing about the advantages of TracFone and Net10, there might be some people that decide they want to switch from one to the other, or from a different carrier to one of those two. So I thought I’d write a post with a few tips on how to do that best.
I recently ported a number from TracFone service to Net10. I was very nervous that something would get messed up and my number would get lost, but it actually went very smoothly. In my case, I went from a TracFone GSM phone to a Net10 GSM phone, and the underlying carrier on each phone was AT&T, so that certainly made my port an easy one. But I was very pleased that it was done in less than an hour.
One important thing to point out before I go any further, though, is that minutes and service days are NOT transferrable between these two brands. So if you have a lot of minutes and/or days of service left on your current phone, I’d advise you to use up those minutes with your current service before switching to another provider.
Once you are ready to make the switch, though, here are few basic tips to help you out:
- As I alluded to above, a port will go most smoothly if the underlying carrier is the same for the old and the new phone (i.e. your old phone has an AT&T SIM card, and so does the new one). Switching from GSM to CDMA, or vice versa, will take a little longer (perhaps a couple of days).
- Don’t activate your new phone until you are ready to port. Porting to a phone that’s already active will make the process more complicated.
- In my experience it’s best to use TracFone’s or Net10′s website to initiate the port. If necessary, you can call Tech Support once the port is initiated, but in most cases it will go through without a problem.
- My friend Jim, who is as knowledgeable about TracFone and Net10 as anyone I know, has put together a step-by-step tutorial, complete with screen shots of the steps, for porting to TracFone. His tutorial is actually designed for the purpose of porting an inactive TracFone number to a new TracFone, which is another discussion for another time. But the basics are the same whether you are porting to TracFone or Net10, from one of those two companies or another provider entirely. Here’s a link to Jim’s tutorial:
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful in case you need to port your number or are considering a switch to TracFone or Net10. If you have any suggestions or questions on this article, please share them in the comments section. Thanks!