How to Transfer Cell Phone Numbers to New Phone

By Kenyonda Bradley

If you want to upgrade your cell phone but do not want to keep your plan, you may consider switching cell phone providers. Switching your cell phone provider does not necessarily mean that you will lose your existing number or the contacts stored on your phone. Under Federal Communications Commission number portability rules, if a phone number is in the same geographic location, that number can be switched to another service provider, whether it is a wireless, landline or a VOIP service. This simplifies the process of switching your number from an existing phone to another phone. Transferring your contacts to another phone is just as simple as porting your number. With the use of your SIM card, you can transfer your contacts in a short amount of time.

Things You'll Need

  • SIM Card
  • Synchronizing software (If applicable)
  • USB cord (If applicable)

Transfer Number to Another Phone

Step 1

Contact the cell phone provider to which you wish to transfer your service. Do not disconnect the service from your previous phone.

Step 2

Wait for your number to be ported--this process may take up to 24 hours. Additionally, you may be told to contact the customer service department and provide them with information about your previous account, to ensure that the right account is transferred.

Step 3

Contact your previous wireless provider and inform them of your switch. Do not cancel your old cell phone account until your new phone is activated.

Transfer Contacts to Another Phone

Step 1

Copy the contacts from your existing phone onto your SIM card by pressing the "Contacts" folder followed by the "Menu" button. Select the option "Copy contacts to SIM card." Select "All" or choose individual contacts if you don't want to port all of them. Press "OK" when you are done.

Step 2

Remove the SIM card from your old phone and insert it into the SIM card slot on your new phone. The SIM card is usually located underneath the battery in a slot inside the battery compartment.

Step 3

Press the "Contacts" folder on your new phone followed by the "Menu" key. Select "Copy contacts from SIM card," then select "All." This process may take up to 20 minutes, depending on how many contacts are on your phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may incur a termination charge if you cancel your service without fulfilling your contract.
  • You cannot be denied the option to port your number to another company, whether you have the ability to pay a porting fee or not.
  • You may be charged a porting fee.