Transferring numbers from land line/mobile phone

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After reading my previous post I realized it was not right, what I need to do is transfer a land line # to 1 of my cells and then transfer the land line,from the 1st cell # to my other cell. yes it does sound confusing but it will actually B a forwarded # to my 1 cell, from the land line, I have to keep 1 line open while the land line transfer takes effect which is about 3 business days, so I need an idea of how long the transfer takes between cells..
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Hi James,

You don't need to write a new post, you can add to your previous one. Just a heads up for future posts :)

So let me try to get this straight: you want to port a landline number to Koodo? Yes, that will take about 3 business days.

You also talked about forwarding your number to your cell, see that is where the confusion starts, because forwarding is something entirely different. That just means that somebody dials your number, which is forwarded to ANOTHER number which then rings.

Can you please be as specific as possible what it is you want exactly?
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To add to the confusion: you can transfer your landline to a VoIP service, such as CallCentric, and then have that number forwarded to any number of cell phones or landlines, conditionally or unconditionally, that you wish for about a penny a minute for Canada & US, slightly more for overseas.

Any forwarding service will cost you minutes. Forwarding from one Koodo # to another Koodo # will cost you minutes on BOTH phones.

Not the best solution if you expect a large call volume or US access.

Callers are not aware of this transition, but SMS will not work, but if I read your question correctly, that's not an issue.
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Hi Sophia, Actually it still sounds confusing, so, a) the land line is my business #, I cannot have it out of commission for 3 days, B) that # is to be posted to my wife's cell,so I cant use it for anything in the interim, C) here is where even I get lost, I then have to transfer the # from B to my own personal cell, C, so, is there a time lapse from B to C?, Told you it was confusing,,Sophia I hope you get the gist of what I need to do, The only reason I need to use both cells is because my supplier will have the cell # that will still be available.
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OOPS, then when its all said and done I will give supplier the original # from the land line which becomes my new cell #..See, now I;m confusing myself...
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"Confusing myself" is part of my middle name so no worries there :D

I understand now that you want to port your landline business number to your Koodo account. This is totally possible, however:

A. First, the really bad news. There is simply no way in which you can bypass the 3 days porting of a landline number... if your number can't be out of commission for 3 days, you can't port out to a cell line. Though in many cases the transfer will go quicker, it simply cannot be guaranteed, sadly.

B. You can forward that landline number (your business number) to your wife's cell, however, once you start porting it out, it will still be out of commission... so it is a clever idea but not a solution :(

C. You do know that your own cell number will be lost when you port another number in, right? Just to make sure you are aware :)

In summary, due to the way the Canadian number system works, there is no way around the 3 days of wait time. Is there a way you can advertise a temporary number, or go on a well deserved vacation for the duration of the port?
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Yes, I do have a temporary # to use, that is the 2nd cell#, item C above, A is the land line b is wife's cell c is my cell with its original #,So can the # transfer between the 2 cells be fairly fast or will it be delayed 3 days as well.....
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Porting between cell numbers is usually instant... though in rare cases it takes a few hours.

I'm still confused but maybe it's not all that important if you're happy, haha.

From what I understand with fair certainty now:

- You are going to communicate your wife's cell # (let's call that number 001) as a temporary number where the business can be reached. People can dial 001 at all times before, during and after the port. Though your wife will probably refer them to the business number afterwards ;)

- You will then proceed with porting your landline business number (let's call that number 002) to your own Koodo cell line. You understand that you cannot be reached on that number for 3 days. People can call the number before the port on the landline, and after the port your Koodo cell number will be assigned to 002.

- You also understand that your own cell number (let's call that number 003) will be lost the moment your landline number port is complete. People can call that number before the port, but after the port the number 003 has vanished forever.

So where does the porting between cell numbers fall into place?
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Hi Sophia,,
Yea,, almost right, going to port my wife's cell with the land line# and my cell with the temp bus # as its already in circulation with customers, Therefore my wife will b without her cell until its ported and in turn port the 2 cell #s. then change hers bk to her original #, probly have to get help on that also, as for the porting, thats easy,$25 and its done,,lol, hope your around for the finale.. Thanks a bunch for all your assistance, you've made an old man happy...Jim
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Glad to hear it Jim, just to make you even happier, porting is free if you do it yourself and save yourself the $25.

Now I'm going to make you unhappy again I'm afraid :( What you are suggesting is actually not possible...

You see, you can EITHER port a number in, OR keep an original number. You cannot temporarily park a number on your, or your wife's account and get the original number back later. Once you port into an account, that number is gone.

That is why I kept asking about the porting between cell numbers, because what you want to do is impossible. If you do it the way you suggested, you WILL lose some numbers forever and I'd hate for that to happen...

You will need a 3rd line, even a prepaid account will do, to juggle around 3 numbers and keep them all.

Hope I made some sense here and not added to further confusion :)
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Darn, sounded pretty simple to start with , I guess I will get her a new cell # The whole idea is to get rid of a line rather than add a 3rd. That will work will it not? Her phone is pretty much for emergency's only.
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If your aim is to remove a line, then yes of course it will work. You can port the landline number to your wife's account, and let her number go into oblivion.

Alternatively, if her number is emergencies only but if she wants to keep it, she could port her cell number to a prepaid provider such as 7-11 Speakout. She would only need to top up $25 per year and can still call or be called if the need arises. But just to avoid all confusion, this closes her current account with (presumably) Koodo and you won't be able to use it for the number switch juggle :)

If apart from that your sole aim is to eliminate a line (and not afraid to lose your own number) then you don't have to go through a lot of hassle at all.... if you are not attached to your cell number that much, just port your landline to your cell and give out that single number to both business associates and friends alike :)

Your wife's cell can actually be left out of this entirely in that case!
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So let me summarize for you (you can correct me if I got something wrong):

Currently you have 3 lines.
Your business landline.
Your wife's cell number.
Your own cell number.

You wish to eliminate one line of those three, correct?

If that is the case, this is what might be the easiest solution:

- You leave your wife's number alone, for now. If she is happy, keep her that way (I speak from experience, haha) :D
- You port your business number into your own cell account. This will take 3 days - there is NO way around this no matter what solution you pick - in which people will need to call your wife's cell #.
- You lose your own old cell number forever!!!

You will end up with just two lines, namely your own cell account with (now) only your business number, and your wife's cell account with her own number.

How's that sound? :)
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You have one (1) supplier calling you?

Is that supplier so difficult as to not be able manage a change in phone number for a customer? Most businesses deal with changing customers daily; this should not be a big thing.

My suggestion: buy a disposable phone & number as your temporary landing spot for the business number, and move the SIM card to your phone when the transfer is complete. That way there is no downtime associated with moving the number from one cell phone another. You can sell the used disposable to someone to recover some of your costs.

OR get a sim only plan, and use in your wife's phone for a few days with the new SIM, then move the SIM the your phone as above. Put your wife's original SIM back in her phone, and she has her old number back.

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