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      Jackie from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma wonders if there’s a way to apply a landline’s phone number to a cell phone.

      First, I shared some tips for success. Anyone trying to have a landline ring on a cell phone needs to keep these facts in mind:

          Wireline to wireless porting is possible in some cases. Consumers interested in porting a number from a wireline to a wireless phone should check with the prospective new wireless carrier to see if wireline to wireless porting is an option.
          If you port a number from a wireline phone to a wireless phone, your wireline long distance carrier will not move with you. Your long distance service will generally be provided by your new wireless carrier.
          Pursuant to a court-ordered stay, most small wireline carriers currently are not required to port numbers to wireless carriers until the FCC completes and publishes a study about the effect of the porting rules on small carriers. The FCC has been working on this study since 2017.

      I also told Jackie that she could port the number to Google Voice for a $20 fee. Luckily, there’s a tip on my site with more concrete steps to take. Tap or click here to transfer an old number to Google Voice so you can keep using it.

      Lastly, I told Jackie how to forward calls from a landline to a cell phone:

      1. Lift the receiver of your landline phone and dial *72 after you hear the dial tone.
      2. Dial the 10-digit phone number you’d like to forward these calls to, followed by the # sign.
      3. Wait for confirmation that call forwarding has been successfully set up.

      Landlines are slowly fading since few people still use them. Those who are still hanging on may mistakenly think there are good reasons to stick around. Here’s why it’s safe to let go of your landline forever.

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