You didn't do your research
While I sympathize with your dilemma, you didn't do your research before the whole process began.
It's never a good idea to actually port the old number until you have already set up the new service and have ascertained that it works sufficiently for your needs. In some cases this may require a few weeks (or longer) if you do not have time to properly evaluate the new service/hardware/features/etc. Once it's working properly, *then* you make the call to port over your old number.
Regarding your comments on keeping jobs in the U.S., this complaint is getting old. Which would you prefer, the opportuntity for your small business to stay afloat, or some draconians measure by right wing nut jobs to force companies to *always* use American labor(?) It's just not realistic since there's no such thing as a one-size fits all unfortunately. The global economy is here to stay.
Keep in mind that certain jobs will simply not be present in the U.S. again in the same numbers (if at all) as they did during our parents and grandparents generations. You can use the shipbuilding industry as an example from this century. The large vessels that used to be made in the U.S. are now (mostly) made in China/Korea, closer to where the labor costs are lower and manchurian/australian iron ore is plentiful. Perhaps someday they will be produced in Africa when some of those economies advance as well. The truth is much of this is a natural progression, economically. There have been suggestions that our progression to more of a service based economy is necessarily a bad thing, which is incorrect. In fact, economies often progress to a point where you become exporters of (much more expensive) advanced goods and services such as consulting work for large multi-nationals, along with computer software/services and networking technologies. These are high value services that actually do create additional jobs back home. The real problem is how we have few built-in ways on a national scale to properly adjust and deal w/ employment re-training, along with providing affordable health care for all. Some have suggested that our economic job prospects could be improved by reforming our higher education system. Instead of forcing young adults to go the academic route of 4 year higher education they could enter a codified tradesman/apprenticeship type program of varying length depending on the industry they happened to choose. To create a path for skilled workers that we require in today's economy mind you, instead of a whole raft of unemployed poetry majors working as waiters or cab drivers .
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