Ryan, If you have a cell phone number already and you want to keep it regardless of your cell phone carrier you can "port" your number to a new carrier. I was with ATT but switched to Net10 and "ported" my number. It is easy to do and will come with the activation instructions you get with your new phone. It is your number not your phone that you can "port".
Most phones are attached to the carrier and have to stay with the carrier. They do this by installing data receivers for their proprietary network. This is known as a "locked" phone. It can only be used with the carrier you bought it from. You can buy "unlocked" phones but I have no experience there.
You can also buy "No Contract" phones, which is what I did when I switched. I have to keep Net10 as my service provider because I have one of their phones but I'm paying a lot less. And if my dream phone finally is available at an affordable price with say, Straight Talk, I can port my number to Straight Talk and cancel my Net10 without penalty.
I hope this helps clear this up for you.
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