[Q] Porting number to Straight Talk BYOP SIM?

Hi I just got an i777 that I'm going to use on Straight Talk. I currently use Net10, and I need to order my sim & first month of service for ST. When do you port your number? Do they program the sim and send it out to you, or does your number get ported/programmed into the SIM when you are ready to activate it? This is an area I'm not 100% clear on. I don't want to order a SIM with a new number, but if it has to be pre-programmed I would like to time it so I'm not without service for very long. Thanks for the help.

Also any comments on ST vs Net10 w/ CallingMart's discount? Net10 can be bought in many more places, but that kind of defeats the purpose of using the Callingmart discount, but if one only has cash at any given time, being forced to pay $50 + tax is crappier than $45 + tax at a brick & mortar store, but there is no further discounts on ST (not that there really needs to be) online. Also the initial cost is higher for Net10's BYOD/BYOP.

TL;DR: When does ST's number port occur, when you order the SIM, or after you receive it and activate it with your phone?

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