Originally Posted by powerplay
Congratulations! I'm happy it is still working.
When I had a Net 10 (part of tracfone) phone it had a sim card. It was incredibly frustrating because the phone number had been previously used by someone who had bill collectors chasing him and I could not get them to stop the calls so just let the phone expire.
That is independent of SIM no-SIM. That's just the result of getting a new phone #. I'm guessing that they tend to re-assign pre-pay phone #'s back to pre-pay customers. Since these are no-contract-no-credit-check required, there seems to be a better (worse?) chance of getting the phone # of someone who owed bills or were criminals or had different sleep patterns.
Ask for a new #. When I switched recently, I wasn't ready to port our old number until I knew I liked the service, and we kept getting bill collector calls. So then I ported our old number (it had expired, but was still available).
Porting from a pre-pay phone is slightly different than from a contract phone. They will ask you for your 'account #' (I thought I didn't have an account?). The nice lady handling my request (apparently with 5 other people in the same cube, because I kept hearing 6 conversations at once, which didn't help), who hopefully is fluent in some language other than English, acted as if my phone number was good enough as that's the only number I have (you would think they would know, since this is what they do!). So, 24 hrs later, and no port, I called again, and at least got to another tier. And *that* person told me I would need to call my old provider and get the account number (and it's a number I never saw before) and call back. The port went through in minutes once I had that.