The first step in the activation process is installing the 5.0 SIM into the phone you are moving from 4.0 to 5.0. When you do this, 4.0 service to that phone is lost but 5.0 service to that phone won’t be available until the phones number has been successfully ported from Bandwidth to AT&T.
The port is under AT&T’s control. Bandwidth numbers are VOIP and due to their FCC classification look like land lines to AT&T. Some carriers routinely schedule ports from land lines several days (even a week) out for reasons unknown to me. If this is happening it explains why so many days are passing before the phones being moved start working again.
By pure coincidence a couple who are friends of ours just moved from RW to Consumer Cellular and from the Motorola phones in their 4.0 account to Apple phones. They are sending me their Motorola phones to sell on eBay or Swappa for them.
If we move the GSM SIMS from our 4.0 phones to the ones they are sending us and put the 5.0 SIMS in our phones is it likely we will have phone service until the port is complete? Have any of you already tried this?
I don’t believe this would work for 4.0 phones that have CDMA SIMS and it does require access to a spare phone compatible with GSM on 4.0. It will not work if RW kills our 4.0 service when we start the activation process.