complete from ViaTalk VOIP provider:
1. Ordered SIM card from t-mobile.com
for $2.12 w/tax included last week, arrive on Monday.
2. Activated SIM on wednesday with old t-mobile phone. Online shows that account has 10 minutes ($3.34) and service until May.
3. Thusday 8am-Called the port # listed in this post and got connected to IVR asked for new port, spoke to rep, she confirmed info and was very friendly. Was told it shows as a landline account and can take up to two days to port.
4. Friday 0612 CST-Got text on t-mobile phone saying acct active with new phone number
5. Friday 0705-0815 CST- Logged into Google to see if it also showed number available for port, it does now and indicates provider T-Mobile. When Google did verification call not all telco equip was updated with the new line location so it came through on my ViaTalk VOIP connection (no T-mobile minutes used).
When it came time to use Google Wallet, be aware that One-time numbers you can generate with your credit card provider don't work currently. I could see the verification charge, but Google hasn't worked the kinks on their end out
-- You need to use your perm credit card number
My credit card provider verified. Merchants take note...
*******Google Wallet may not quite be ready for prime time and even the Wallet itself had difficulties operating in Safari and FF for a simple address update.
6. Google says port in progress estimated 24 hours for phone and may take up to 3 days for text. As I didn't have texting on "land line" the 3 days is really no big deal.
7. Saturday 8:34am Port complete. Two minutes shy of 24hrs. Now will work on campaigning CNAM lookup up from speed dial -> GV contacts -> http CNAM lookups
Summary: bulk of time is actual number port process which thankfully is constrained by regulations -http://www.fcc.gov/guides/portability-keeping-your-phone-number-when-changing-service-providers
- as best as I can tell. As other posts mention, be sure to enter your pin that you set up while activating and that your t-mobile account changes to number you are porting eg.1AAANNNNNNN where AAA is area code and NNNNNNN is phone number.
I'll update this post or add additional post once port completes.