How to keep your cell phone number without paying a cell phone bill

Nothing beats a delicious brunch!

And, nothing beats not paying an extra, unnecessary bill…to have more money to spend on brunch, of course!

While it may sound wild, you can get on just fine without paying a cell phone bill. But, why would someone not have a cell phone in the first place?

Well, here are some ideas…

  • …maybe you’re moving to another country and only want to keep your US or Canadian local number, not the service.
  • …maybe it’s a second phone number you no longer want to pay for but you want to keep the phone itself.
  • …maybe your teen wants to try out a phone for the first time and you only want them to use WiFi on the device.

Whatever the reason, you have options that start at $2/month.

So, how does this actually work? Put more waffles on your plate and read on to find out:

  • Make sure the smartphone you’re using is WiFi enabled. This is crucial.
  • You’ll then transfer your number from your cell phone provider to NumberBarn on the Park plan. This takes about 3 to 10 business days. There’s a handy guide on how to do this here.
  • Once your number transfers, you can cancel your cell phone service. Yes, you’ll need to contact them to do that.
  • On your WiFi enabled smartphone, download a messaging app to make and receive calls and messages via WiFi using your US or Canadian local number. Some options that other NumberBarn customers use are WhatsApp and Google Duo.
  • Bonus: You may also have luck with Amazon Alexa or another smart device. Please read the Amazon Alexa FAQs to learn more.

Let’s keep this real:

NumberBarn cannot guarantee that your number will work with a third party app. 99.9% of NumberBarn numbers will work. If your number is already working with another app, it will continue to work with the same third party app if you transfer it to us. If your number is not supported, you will receive an error message when trying to configure the app. NumberBarn cannot provide technical support for any issues when using a third party mobile app. Contact the support of that company for help.

How to get started?

The best guidance and info on pricing happens on our Step by Step Guide.

Now, can you pass me another mimosa?

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Jenny Dempsey

Jenny Dempsey is the Customer Experience Manager for NumberBarn