Quote from: jd123 on August 05, 2018, 04:56:06 PM
Hello guys I have a few questions.
I am trying to follow the guide at https://www.obitalk.com/info/tutorials/porttutorial but the links for the T-mobile pre-paid sim cards are not working for me. Will this one work? https://www.amazon.com/T-Mobile-Prepaid-Complete-SIM-Kit/dp/B00LPPHHFK
Once I get the sim card and call T-mobile to activate it, do I have to pick between a plan like PayGo, or can I just add x amount of minutes into the card?
Yes, that linked SIM pack on Amazon is perfect IF
you have either an existing T-Mobile phone, or an unlocked AT&T Wireless or other GSM phone designed for the US market. If you only have a locked AT&T Wireless phone, then buy a prepaid SIM kit for AT&T Prepaid and follow the same procedure. Do NOT buy a SIM from one of the third-party re-sellers like H20, Lycamobile, Straight Talk, etc. Those companies have little to no expertise at porting land line numbers in and out.
Before you begin, enter your land line phone number into the Google Voice porting dashboard, to see if it is eligible. If it only gives you an error about the number being on a land line carrier, then you're good to go. If it also gives you an error that porting is not supported in your area, then you can't port it in, and don't bother trying.https://www.google.com/voice/porting
Here is what you'll be doing: the point of this exercise is to establish working mobile phone service and port your land line number to that service on a working mobile phone handset. You will buy the SIM, stick it in the phone, then contact T-Mobile to port in your land line number. You must buy the minimum number of prepaid minutes they sell (typically $10), so that you can make and receive telephone calls on that phone.
Wait a full week after porting the land line number into the mobile carrier, before attempting to then port it to Google Voice. Before attempting to port to GV, you must contact T-Mobile and ask them for the account number and PIN you need to submit so that they will approve your port-out request. Don't get impatient and try to port to Google Voice without waiting.
If you encounter any problems while doing the port from the mobile carrier to Google Voice, please post over on the Google Voice help forum. Do not cancel the port unless instructed to do so over on that forum.