This post is one of those "don't let this happen to you" cautionary tales so please, bear with me as I don't want this to, in fact, happen to you. Or, if it does, I want you to be prepared and know what do do to rectify the situation. Don't worry, it's nothing earth-shattering or extremely dangerous, just a bit of information to help you keep pace with and sometimes pass up "the man" when he tries, intentionally or not, to keep you down.
As some of you may remember, I'm one of the people who first activated an iPhone with a number provided by AT&T during the activation process. My intention at the time was to try out the device and see if I really liked it before fully committing and porting my number over to AT&T from T-Mobile. Well, that test period didn't last very long as I pretty much fell in love with the iPhone (in spite of its issues -- hey, nothing's perfect, right?). So, about a week or so into the testing phase, I opted to go through the porting process.