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Transferring a Republic Number to a Service Provider That Refuses Landlines

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Republic numbers are classified as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Republic’s use of VoIP is part of the nature of its blended WiFi/cell service. There is nothing Republic can do to change this regulatory (FCC) classification.

For transfer (porting) purposes, VoIP numbers are treated the same as traditional landlines (wireline is the more correct telephone industry term). Some service providers, most notably Cricket Wireless and Google Voice, refuse to port any number other than a number already classified as wireless. This is a policy limitation of the provider you’re porting to. Republic does not hold or otherwise prevent you from taking your number elsewhere.

Porting your number to one of these service providers will require a workaround and modest expense but can be done successfully. The workaround is to temporarily port your number to a wireless carrier that will accept it, then port from there to your preferred provider. Suggested methods follow:

Cricket Wireless

You will need to acquire a T-Mobile SIM. T-Mobile SIMs are available locally (Best Buy, Walmart, Target etc.) for $5 or so. I'm seeing increasing reports T-Mobile SIMs are less readily available at local big box retailers. Amazon has them. Direct purchase from T-Mobile online or in store is another option.

  1. Point your web browser to T-Mobile.
  2. Enter the SIM card serial number from your T-Mobile SIM starter kit.
  3. Enter a "Phone" serial number also known as an IMEI number. Since you're not using an actual phone, go here, Random IMEI Generator. Click Generate IMEI Number then copy and paste the result into the required field on T-Mobile's website.
  4. Enter the Activation code from your T-Mobile SIM starter kit.
  5. Click Next.

You'll be asked to create a T-Mobile account. The following information is required:

  1. Date of Birth
  2. Email Address
  3. State
  4. City
  5. PIN (You'll be asked to create a four-digit PIN.)
  6. Accept the offer to transfer your current phone number. You’ll need your Republic account number and PIN. Your account number is your 10-digit phone number without dashes. For your PIN, use your billing zip code.
  7. Click Next.

Depending on T-Mobile SIM acquired (some provide initial airtime others do not) you may be asked to select a prepaid plan. Scroll the page until you see the $3 pay as you go option. T-Mobile will ask that you review your selection and fund your account. You can, likely, skip funding the account. Your Republic number should transfer without doing so. If you do choose to fund your T-Mobile prepaid account, I've seen reports that T-Mobile now requires a minimum $10 top up.

You should receive an email from T-Mobile indicating that the number transfer is complete. In my experience, this takes 24 hours or less on business days. It’s best to wait for confirmation from Republic via email as well.

To transfer your number from T-Mobile to Cricket Wireless, use your former Republic number with a 1 prepended as the account number. For PIN, use the PIN you created for your T-Mobile account.

Google Voice

You will need to acquire a T-Mobile SIM. T-Mobile SIMs are available locally (Best Buy, Walmart, Target etc.) for $5 or so. I'm seeing increasing reports T-Mobile SIMs are less readily available at local big box retailers. Amazon has them. Direct purchase from T-Mobile online or in store is another option. Google charges $20 to port a number in. Additionally, you’ll need access to an unlocked GSM or T-Mobile compatible phone to house the T-Mobile SIM long enough to complete Google’s verification requirements. This phone may be "borrowed". It does not need to be your daily driver.

  1. Point your web browser to T-Mobile.
  2. Enter the SIM card serial number from your T-Mobile SIM starter kit.
  3. Enter the phone's serial number also known as an IMEI number.
  4. Enter the Activation code from your T-Mobile SIM starter kit.
  5. Click Next.

You'll be asked to create a T-Mobile account. The following information is required:

  1. Date of Birth
  2. Email Address
  3. State
  4. City
  5. PIN (You'll be asked to create a four-digit PIN.)
  6. Accept the offer to transfer your current phone number. You’ll need your Republic account number and PIN. Your account number is your 10-digit phone number without dashes. For your PIN, use your billing zip code.
  7. Click Next.

Depending on T-Mobile SIM acquired (some provide initial airtime others do not) you may be asked to select a prepaid plan. Scroll the page until you see the $3 pay as you go option. T-Mobile will ask that you review your selection and fund your account. If your SIM does not provide initial airtime, you will need to fund the account to receive the required verification call from Google Voice. I've seen reports that T-Mobile now requires a minimum $10 top up.

You should receive an email from T-Mobile indicating that the number transfer is complete. In my experience, this takes 24 hours or less on business days. It’s best to wait for confirmation from Republic via email as well.

Insert the T-Mobile SIM into the phone being used, then follow Google's guidance here.

To transfer your number from T-Mobile to Google Voice, use your former Republic number with a 1 prepended as the account number. For PIN, use the PIN you created for your T-Mobile account.



Last edited: 13:14, April 1, 2017 (UTC)

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