Former ALLTEL Customers will NEVER get GPS until they change to a VERIZON phone #

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    yeah....
    that's what a tech for verizon just told me
    when Alltel broke up, they had to promise to give their phone numbers BACK to the LANDLINE folks by 2011...
    so, until i change to a verizon phone number, i'll NEVER get GPS capability
    is this even remotely possible?

    i've had my number for 15 years....
    i'm a physician
    i am not giving it up...
    will i really have to?

    help..... please
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    Wrong. I just switched from alltel to verizon and i kept my number.
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    yes....
    you CAN do that
    but....
    they say your current number... which you brought from ALLTEL
    must be SURRENDERED by the end of 2010
    yeah...
    i don't believe it, either
    but.... that's what the guy said from VERIZON TECH
    no kidding
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    there's lots of reports online of people having trouble porting Alltel numbers to Verizon. In some cases it may be due to Verizon having to agree to divest itself of Alltel assets in some markets which might include the phone numbers themselves. I read some stuff about how if you had ported your number to another service earlier you could have kept it but it all seems very confused and people complain about not being able to get a straight, consistent answer.
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    yeah....
    i wish i could get the same answer twice, as well
    the main thing....
    i'm not giving up my number
    i cannot
    it's ridiculous to assume anyone would
    if it's true....
    and the words gets out to the community.... there will be some uproar and i'm sure it'll be rectified if enough folks complain
    time will tell
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    If it's true about VZW having to give up all the Alltell numbers.

    You Will lose your number. It's that simple.
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    If it's true about VZW having to give up all the Alltell numbers.

    You Will lose your number. It's that simple.[/QUOTE]

    1. how do YOU know that?
    2. how could that be possible?
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    Hah, my VZW tech didn't know the Droid has WiFi...

    Just suffice to say, Verizon techs and salesfolk are just now getting their Droids. Most of us know more about the Droid than they do.

    Erich
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    1. how do YOU know that?
    2. how could that be possible?[/QUOTE]


    Droider said it....
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    Never heard of that before. My number was ported from Nextel to Alltel and now to Verizon. You should be able to keep your number on any network, no matter what.
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    I find it nearly impossible to believe that my previous Alltel number has anything to do with my GPS problems when I can drive an hour north of Tampa (Leesburg, FL) for business and my GPS works flawlessly for the entire week but on the way home, my GPS dies an hour north of Tampa and hasn't worked since.

    It has something (if not everything) to do with location.
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    I read another lengthy thread about this on either andoridforums.com or motorola.com. The majority of people talking about GPS issues were all in Florida and prior Alltell customers. Several of them switched their numbers over and PRESTO their GPS worked just fine.

    I'm not saying that what you were told is 100% accurate, but if you hunt around you'll see that it's been confirmed in other threads that this in fact does work.
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    just to add another Altell/Tampa Bay Area example:

    i'm an Alltel refugee in Tampa. bought the Droid on Oct 10.
    GPS worked a few hours over the third and fourth day when i was on the Howard-Franklin bridge. has refused to link ever since.

    i have two friends (married couple) with Droids who live in Clearwater. they have been Verizon for years. both have perfectly good GPS. he is telling me to take it back and get a new one. i'm going to wait to see what happens since everyone else who takes it back, ends up with it going down again. swapping phones is not worth the hassle until this is sorted out.
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    i just called my business rep
    without changing my phone number, he's going to see how the verizon tower "SEES" my ex-alltel phone
    he'll try to switch it to verizon, keeping the same number
    i'll let you know what happens
    i doubt it'll happen today
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    oh....
    and mine never worked on the howard frankland
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    will you have to drop your "Alltel plan" for a "Verizon plan" if you still have it?
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    all the info in this thread is incorrect. You are fine with an old alltel number and even plan. I pay 89.99 a month for unlimited everything and 11 my circle numbers. Never even mentioned anything about a number change.
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    seriously??? an uproar??? you have to be joking, when you get your new number just send out a text message to everyones cellphone that says... this is Mr. Blah blah blah, my phone number was previously 123 456 7890 and it has now changed to this number, it'll take you a few minutes and then omg, problem solved

    my mom had her number for 11 years and then switched it when we came to verizon a few years back, it was totally fine, the sun rose the next day and the world continued to function
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    then...
    why do all my verizon friends who have a droid have perfectly operational gps....
    and all my ex-alltel-owning droid friends have NO GPS WORKING at this time?

    huh?
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    LOL
    my favorite comment of the day....
    actually
    it won't be that easy for me
    i am a physician....
    i don't have contact info for everyone who knows my number
    of course..... i guess if this HAS to happen....
    which would be against the anti-trust legislation of several years ago which made it LAW.... that anyone can take his/her number ANYWHERE.... forever....

    then..... verizon will have to give me a RECORDED MESSAGE for 3 months, etc... that tells folks about my new number, then automatically transfers them for some period of time, as well
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