1. zucchiniknob's Avatar
    I currently have an iPhone 5S with AT&T. I would like to try T-Mobile without porting my current number but in such a way as my friends and contacts see my current AT&T number, not the new T-Mobile number. Having tried it, it I like T-Mobile, then I will port my old number.

    But in the meantime, I don't want to confuse friends and contacts that my number has changed then possibly changing back to the old number. This should really be a thing to help you evaluate a new service.

    I think that I can forward calls to my old number to the new number using Settings->Phone->Call Forwarding.

    But how do I make it so that when I call or send a text (or iMessage) that it appears to be coming from my old number?
    Fran Gilberte likes this.
    08-29-2017 04:13 PM
  2. Quis89's Avatar
    If you're phone is unlocked, why not just switch over to T Mobile and get a new SIM card. If it doesn't work, switch back. Unless your grandfathered into an old plan with AT&T that you don't want to lose, I don't see the disadvantage here. Using the same phone will save you from spending money on new equipment and if the phone is unlocked I believe it will work with T Mobile as well.
    zucchiniknob likes this.
    08-29-2017 04:16 PM
  3. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    For an iMessage, it's simple. Your old number should still be registered under Settings - Messages - Send & Receive

    To mask your new number to appear as your old one in caller ID is a different story. I don't know how to do that.

    Edit: spelling error
    Last edited by BreakingKayfabe; 08-29-2017 at 05:04 PM.
    08-29-2017 04:23 PM
  4. zucchiniknob's Avatar
    The phone will be unlocked soon. I just received the OK and procedure from AT&T to unlock. Nothing grandfathered. My line is the main line in AT&T Mobile Share Value plan with 4 lines. I guess it's not a problem to make one of the three remaining lines the main line. If I decide I like T-Mobile, I'll move my wife's line but the kids are on their own. The new plan is a plan for seniors (55+) and only allows two lines.
    08-29-2017 04:25 PM
  5. zucchiniknob's Avatar
    Phone is unlocked. AT&T did something on their end, and then I backed up to iTunes (not cloud), reset all content and settings, and restored the phone from the backup. Somewhere in the process, iTunes showed a message that the phone is unlocked.
    08-30-2017 10:27 AM

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