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Kinjin

join:2003-10-05
Tunnel Hill, GA

[Southeast] Keep ATT DSL and port phone #

I would like to cancel my land line and port my phone number to Google voice and keep my DSL service, is this possible. I know that when you port a phone number that it usually will cancel the service associated with that line. I know that ATT offers stand alone DSL, so it possible to do this so that there is no interruption in my DSL service.



NormanS
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In the past the reported method was to get a second line as dry loop service, and activate that account with your current DSL user credentials. That would effectively transfer the existing DSL account to the new, dry line. Then, when you ported your number, they would just kill the service on the old line.

Now, with forced upgrades to U-verse, that method may not work. You likely couldn't get new DSL service at all, just U-verse Internet.
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medbuyer

join:2003-11-20
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reply to Kinjin

you're most likely to lose that legacy dsl service if uverse is available to you.



tigerpaw509

join:2011-01-19
reply to Kinjin

Att still installs legacy dsl every day.Yes its true if you disconnect/port your phone number your dsl is automatically turned off.As above mentioned just order a second dry loop and all will be well.


medbuyer

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said by tigerpaw509:

Att still installs legacy dsl every day.Yes its true if you disconnect/port your phone number your dsl is automatically turned off.As above mentioned just order a second dry loop and all will be well.

HA! good luck with that...the AT&T forums are full of stories of people getting upgraded to Uverse after getting their legacy dsl cut off or phone lines terminated...


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reply to Kinjin

the best way I would do it...

1.) call in and cancel your dsl-

2.) upon dsl cancellation completed, then port your number to wherever you want

3.) call back up and order dsl or uverse inet service

4.) have service installed.


medbuyer

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said by David:

the best way I would do it...

1.) call in and cancel your dsl-

2.) upon dsl cancellation completed, then port your number to wherever you want

3.) call back up and order dsl or uverse inet service

4.) have service installed.

here's the problem with that, if you come across an incompetent csr and or don't know what he / she is doing, you just might lose everything together and might not be able to avail of those services anymore.

I would order dry loop first and see if they can do that. If they can and confirmed it is working, you can cut the phone line and hopefully cut the dsl service tied to it.

An older thread about this was discussed heavily and some users ended up getting dry loop first before cutting their landline and or dsl tied to their landline numbers.

just like what NormanS See Profile said...

I cut my dsl first after getting Comcast and then later on ported my landline to GV. No more AT&T bills and headaches!


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reply to Kinjin

well you can do it any way you want, when I did mine, I did it that way and I thought that was the most painless one. Another one even suggests not calling at&t at all and just port the number. Call back up and order service afterword as a new customer.

I am sure there is many ways you can accomplish what you want, it just depends on how you want to do it.



TheJanitor

join:2013-11-17
Pensacola, FL
reply to Kinjin

Being a field tech, I have seen this go VERY wrong. the best way to do this is:

1. ENSURE you have a dedicated inside wire to your modem (CLEARLY LABELED IN THE PHONE BOX ON THE SIDE OF YOUR HOUSE).

2. call the business office and establish a Stand Alone DSL line and have your existing DSL transferred to this NEW line.

3. on the date of the service order, a tech SHOULD be dispatched to your house to hook up a "new" internet line. Since the inside wire is CLEARLY labeled, request that the tech move the CLEARLY labeled wire to the new line.

4. AFTER the internet connection has been established on the new line, port the ORIGINAL line to whatever service you would like.

I have capitalized VERY important steps to this process, please take note.

Expand your moderator at work


Jose

@sbcglobal.net

Re: [Southeast] Keep ATT DSL and port phone #

DSL services are always stand alone. It is actually frequently illegal to tying a classic phone line services with DSL services (one of this services can “live” without the other one).
I,m sure that, if you ask an AT&T representative for the name of the package that includes DSL service and classic land line phone service as one service, they will be unable tell you that name, simply, because such package will be illegal and it does not exist. By experience I know they will try to trick you and probably name something else but if you are aware and verify it you will know the truth.
The fact that you receive the charges for the services in one bill does not make it a package.


cramer
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BS (they're free to package any group of services they want. Unlawful tying would be requiring POTS to have DSL, or v.v. which is not the case.)

Your phone number is your account number. (aka Billing Account Number) When you port that number, your account gets closed and every service attached to it is deactivated. Even a "dry-loop" DSL line has a phone number (and, btw, dialtone -- 'tho you cannot make calls from it. Depending on your local laws, 911 may work)

Porting the number without disrupting DSL is, ahem, tricky. The odds are you'll lose your DSL (probably forever, esp where uverse is available, even if it's not available to *you*.)



Jose

@sbcglobal.net

Cram er, do you work for AT&T? I don’t care if AT&T make the “stupid” accounting mistake of using the phone number as an account number. Of course that is very convenient for them and they use it to come up with all sort of tricks.

“they're free to package any group of services they want”. No, they are not. AT&T is not above the law.

“porting the number without disrupting DSL is, ahem, tricky”. False, I just did it. And true, it is artificially tricky because AT&T fabricated all kind of difficulties; but, in reality, technically, very very easy.

I understand that providers try to keep their customers, but kidnapping (or killing) their e-mail addresses to punishing them just because they cancel a naturally unrelated service or port an phone number is criminal.



NormanS
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reply to Jose

said by Jose :

DSL services are always stand alone. It is actually frequently illegal to tying a classic phone line services with DSL services (one of this services can “live” without the other one).

While that is technically true (DSL service doesn't require voice service) I would like a citation of code, section, and paragraph making it illegal to require phone service and DSL service in a line shared fashion.
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cramer
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reply to Jose

Please consult with your lawyer(s) and local state AG's office before invoking RICO ("unlawful tying"). You are calling "tying" what is simply a billing association. It may seem stupid today, but 50+ years ago when these systems were designed, it made perfect sense. (Many of those systems are still in perfect operation today. For example, the telco I worked for a decade ago (not AT&T) had (and still has in operation today) AT&t 5ESS switches built and installed in 1974 -- and they still out performed *every* modern attempt at replacement.)

It is tricky. And you just said so. It's not as simple as porting away the number and that's it. It has been very well hashed out on many blogs, forums, and lists. Steps must be taken before porting your number to keep any additional services associated with that BILLING ACCOUNT NUMBER.



Jose

@sbcglobal.net
reply to NormanS

hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-78A1.pdf

" 10. Florida. The Florida Public Service Commission (Florida Commission) has made determinations
in two separate interconnection arbitration proceedings. First, in a section 252 interconnection agreement
arbitration between BellSouth and Florida Digital Network (FDN), the Florida Commission ordered
BellSouth to continue to provide FastAccess (BellSouth’s retail DSL Internet access service) to existing
customers that subsequently chose another company to provide their voice service over UNE loops.25



Jose

@sbcglobal.net
reply to cramer

“Please consult with your lawyer(s) and local state AG's office before invoking RICO ("unlawful tying")"

What for? That sounds like a threat.
Does the terms Freedom of speech and Freedom of expression means something to you? This is a forum.

Quoting you: “You are calling "tying" what is simply a billing association.”

Me?; No. It is AT&T the one tying (in practice) the services by an artificial billing association. It is a fact. I’m just calling the things by its real name.
I know AT&T is not stupid (and too old to have the wrong accounting system). I bet they have a unique customer ID number not associated to any product or service name (or number). They just do not show it to customer that way because it is convenient for them and their bag of tricks.
They make us to believe that (now quoting you ) “Your phone number is your account number. (aka Billing Account Number) When you port that number,your account gets closed and every service attached to it is deactivated”.
And that it is wrong.

“It is tricky” I did not said that. I was quoting you.

Any ways, it is a problem (for consumers) that AT&T and other do not want to fix. My point is that this companies have had enough time to find an elegant solution to the problem but they just keep ignoring it.

I do some emphasis on AT&T because they are becoming famous for consumer abuse, lying, antitrust violations and other illegal stuff. Every one knows that. It is not a secret.

»www.corp.att.com/history/history3.html

50+ years ago was 50+ years ago. Today is today.

Last thing; You keep avoiding my very first question to you: Do you work for AT&T?



Jose

@sbcglobal.net
reply to cramer

“Please consult with your lawyer(s) and local state AG's office before invoking RICO ("unlawful tying")"

What for? That sounds like a threat.
Does the terms Freedom of speech and Freedom of expression means something to you? This is a forum.

Quoting you: “You are calling "tying" what is simply a billing association.”

Me?; No. It is AT&T the one tying (in practice) the services by an artificial billing association. It is a fact. I’m just calling the things by its real name.
I know AT&T is not stupid (and too old to have the wrong accounting system). I bet they have a unique customer ID number not associated to any product or service name (or number). They just do not show it to customer that way because it is convenient for them and their bag of tricks.
They make us to believe that (now quoting you ) “Your phone number is your account number. (aka Billing Account Number) When you port that number,your account gets closed and every service attached to it is deactivated”.
And that it is wrong.

“It is tricky” I did not said that. I was quoting you.

Any ways, it is a problem (for consumers) that AT&T and other do not want to fix. My point is that this companies have had enough time to find an elegant solution to the problem but they just keep ignoring it.

I do some emphasis on AT&T because they are becoming famous for consumer abuse, lying, antitrust violations and other illegal stuff. Every one knows that. It is not a secret.

»www.corp.att.com/history/history3.html

50+ years ago was 50+ years ago. Today is today.

Last thing; You keep avoiding my very first question to you: Do you work for AT&T?


cramer
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reply to Jose

said by Jose :

“Please consult with your lawyer(s) and local state AG's office before invoking RICO ("unlawful tying")"

What for? That sounds like a threat.

Negative. That's talk to a lawyer about what's legal vs. illegal before painting yourself as a ranting fool on the internet. You insist they're doing something illegal, when they're not. You're calling something "tying" when it's not.

No, I am not, nor have I ever been an AT&T employee. (read: I am not a shill for AT&T.)

cramer
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reply to Jose

said by Jose :

hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-78A1.pdf...

Yes, in Florida Bellsouth was forced to allow people to keep their DSL after moving their phone service to a different provider. In other words, they have to allow DSL and CLEC voice services over the same line, the same way Bellsouth does. (that has little to do with what we're talking about here... porting the number completely away and having no landline voice.)


Jose

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»www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=···69,d.b2I



NormanS
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reply to Jose

said by Jose :

" 10. Florida. The Florida Public Service Commission (Florida Commission) has made determinations
in two separate interconnection arbitration proceedings ..."

Okay. One state, out of twenty-two. Good to know for Florida residents, but how does it affect those of us not in Florida?
--
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Jose

@sbcglobal.net
reply to cramer

OK, I like the “ranting fool” part, a lot.

I came to this forum looking for information, not for a fight. I would like to found the proper way to port a phone number without loosing the DSL service (and the e-mail address, and the content on the inbox of that e-mail address).

I’m a technician (computer and networks, no telephony) and too many clients ask me for help to port their phone numbers to majicJack. I don’t not why they choose me, but they do.
After the porting request (following the FCC guidelines) this people always receive an e-mail from majicJack with a text as follow:

“Unfortunately, we are unable to port your telephone number because your account also contains DSL service.

If you prefer to disconnect your DSL, please click here and resubmit your order. Please be advised that clicking this link and resubmitting your order acknowledges that your DSL service could be disconnected by your current carrier.

Otherwise, please contact AT&T directly and request to have the number you want to transfer set up on an account of its own. Once you have confirmation that your telephone number is no longer attached to an account containing DSL, please log into your magicJack account and initiate a new request by clicking on the Phone Numbers tab, Transfer sub-tab, and then clicking Transfer my Number.

We hope you tell all of your friends and family about the savings you enjoy using your magicJack!

Sincerely,

magicJack Customer Care”

Tell me that is not (in practice) tying.
Of course, when AT&T sell you the services they do not do it as a “tying good” but,AT&T behave like it is when, unlawful, refuse to give up the number claiming that it is attached to an account containing DSL.

My main question is: Does someone knows how to port a phone number without loosing the DSL service (and the e-mail address, and the content on the inbox of that e-mail address)? Cramer,do you know?



NormanS
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said by Jose :

My main question is: Does someone knows how to port a phone number without loosing the DSL service (and the e-mail address, and the content on the inbox of that e-mail address)? Cramer,do you know?

I outlined one method which should work, assuming the local service still offers legacy ADSL. The problem with that method is whether one can still order dry loop ADSL service from AT&T, or does AT&T only offer IPDSL. If AT&T only offers IPDSL, I don't know if it would work.

As for losing e-mail: In April, 2011, I switched voice and DSL to a local CLEC. I can still access the old '@pacbell.net' accounts. I lost neither e-mail accounts, nor the contents of those accounts.
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cramer
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reply to Jose

said by Jose :

Tell me that is not (in practice) tying.

That is not legally "tying": you are free to buy DSL, phone, or both. One service does not require the other. Having a single account with a company is not tying. Like I said, if you want to understand the law, talk to a lawyer. (or judge if you know any) Or read the wiki... [»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tying_(commerce)]

How to separate your DSL and POTS is not cast in stone. (i.e. it depends on who you talk to at AT&T, and what they a) know how to do, and b) are willing to do) You have to call AT&T and get your DSL service converted to dry-loop, with it's own billing-account-number. Another method would be to put both services under a new billing-account-number so the porting process will not close your account -- once ported, you'll be a defacto dry-loop.

cramer
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reply to NormanS

Historically ISPs didn't maintain any value-add services once you were no longer a customer, but with the many free email services available today, abundance of out-sourcing, and the general cheapness of running email, most of the major players won't touch your email once you cancel services.

AT&T/Bellsouth specifically outsourced their email to Yahoo! years ago, so your email account can remain after termination of all other services.



NormanS
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said by cramer:

AT&T/Bellsouth specifically outsourced their email to Yahoo! years ago ...

Eleven and one half years ago, to be more precise; well before SBC bought AT&T. Furthermore, AT&T began allowing free Web Mail services through Yahoo! some time in 2009/2010; no AT&T account necessary to sign up.
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medbuyer

join:2003-11-20
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reply to cramer

said by cramer:

said by Jose :

Tell me that is not (in practice) tying.

That is not legally "tying": you are free to buy DSL, phone, or both. One service does not require the other. Having a single account with a company is not tying. Like I said, if you want to understand the law, talk to a lawyer. (or judge if you know any) Or read the wiki... [»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tying_(commerce)]

How to separate your DSL and POTS is not cast in stone. (i.e. it depends on who you talk to at AT&T, and what they a) know how to do, and b) are willing to do) You have to call AT&T and get your DSL service converted to dry-loop, with it's own billing-account-number. Another method would be to put both services under a new billing-account-number so the porting process will not close your account -- once ported, you'll be a defacto dry-loop.

it may or may not sound as tying or for what other reason you may call it but for sure AT&T's actions when you do this tends to reflect that they are tied together.

even before when I called them to port my number when I still had dsl, the csr and tier 2 tech specifically said that they are tied together. I didn't want to lose my number but I could sacrifice my internet connection so, I had to go around it, cancel my dsl and go with Comcast and then ported my number to Google Voice.

others may have a different experience and you will have yours too depending on how your csr knows the loops.

csr's are like a box of chocolates, you'll never know what you'll get.

medbuyer

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reply to Jose

said by Jose :

My main question is: Does someone knows how to port a phone number without loosing the DSL service (and the e-mail address, and the content on the inbox of that e-mail address)? Cramer,do you know?

have you tried calling and asking if you can order dry loop dsl? if you can, go ahead and order this.

when this dry loop gets installed and you find it working to your satisfaction then you can go and port your phone number to another provider which will effectively kill your legacy dsl also.

IF you can not order dry loop dsl, then you're best bet is to call in and find a csr or tech that knows and understands your dilemma.

As for the email address, I've never used an ISP's email service for this very reason. What I would do is slowly migrate your email to say yahoo or gmail, making sure you are replying by default using your new yahoo or gmail address.

As for the older messages, I would download them or use an email client to download them so you'll have them locally on your pc.

good luck!


JOSE

@sbcglobal.net
reply to cramer

That is not legally "tying”.
True, it is not legally "tying”.It is a tying practice; but how do we call the AT&T practices then? incredible dishonest?, criminal behavior?, consumer abuse?, abuse of monopoly?
Propose a name to describe it. I will use if it is accurate.

Editing a little bit your words:
How to separate your DSL and POTS is not cast in stone. It depends on who you talk to at AT&T, and if he/she know how to do it, and is willing to do it.

Well, lets go pray. God help us!

“You have to call AT&T and get your DSL service converted to dry-loop, with it's own billing-account-number.”

According to the FCC portability guide you only have to contact the new company, which will start the process of porting your number by contacting your current company. And at least, in Florida Bellsouth (now AT&T), was forced to allow people to keep their DSL after moving their phone service to a different provider.
AT&T should know what to do and do not expect that all consumers know what is needed to accomplish from the technical point of view or what a dry-loop is.
As long as you and AT&T insist in having the services “technically associated” (I mean tied) because a billing account, we (consumers) are having a problem. There is not a reasonable need to do that.
»www.fcc.gov/guides/portability-k···roviders

“Another method would be to put both services under a new billing-account-number so the porting process will not close your account -- once ported, you'll be a defacto dry-loop.”

It was not, having both services in the same billing account number the fundamental problem here; and the main reason people are getting their DSL service disconnected when they port a number?

I’m starting to feel a bit of confusion.