Switching Cell Phone Carriers? 4 Tips Before Switching

With Verizon Wireless now selling the iPhone, there’s rumor that many will switch from AT&T. On the other hand, I’m sure there are many Verizon Wireless customers who switch to AT&T. Let’s not forget about T-Mobile, Sprint and any other carriers that thousands of people switch to, from one vendor to another, every day.
Verizon Wireless provided these four tips to consider when switching cell phone carriers. You’ll find the tips a bit slanted towards Verizon Wireless, but I’m sure you’ll find the tips can apply to any carrier you might be switching too.

If you want to keep and transfer your current phone number to your new device, do not cancel your current service provider just yet:

Your current account and phone number MUST be kept active until a Verizon Wireless sales representative transfers your current, active number to your new account during the sales transaction. Once this happens, your former carrier will be notified that your account is now terminated, and your friends, family and business contacts can continue to reach you at the same number they all know

Don’t erase your contacts; keep your contacts in your current phone for easier transfer:

Depending on your current device, there are applications and programs available to move your contact information to your new phone wirelessly. For example, if you’re already an iPhone user, your contacts will sync automatically via iTunes.

Turn that old phone into a gift card, or donate it to a great cause:

When you’re making a new purchase, you have two great options for that used phone:
Take advantage of the Verizon Wireless trade-in program: Regardless of carrier, Verizon Wireless accept all devices and models. You can use the website (www.trade-in.vzw.com) to get an idea of how much your device is worth and receive a Verizon Wireless gift card for its estimated value. For example, a 32GB iPhone 4 in good condition has an appraised value of $285
Donate your no-longer-used phone to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program: HopeLine recycles no-longer-used phones from any carrier and uses the proceeds to provide wireless devices, airtime and grants to local domestic violence shelters. You’ll be helping someone in need and doing your part for the environment

Pick service plans that best fit your family’s lifestyle:

Unlike competitors, Verizon Wireless will offer an unlimited data plan with its iPhone 4 for $29.99/month. You might also want to consider moving your whole family to Verizon Wireless to take advantage of cost-saving Family SharePlans. A Family SharePlan with Friends & Family will shave money off your bill and allow you to pool minutes, texts and more on up to five handsets