getting a new wireless number

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by taberrr, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. taberrr macrumors regular

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    Hey, do you guys think if you set up your iPhone to NOT transfer your existing number while activating (from the video looks like your only other choice is "Add a line") that your new phone #'s area code is based on the address you enter?

    What if you put in something like your parents/friends address and just change it a week later?

    After you add the new line, do you think you can just drop your current line (if it's out of contract of course)?

    The reason I ask is that I'm moving in a few weeks... I guess I could just drop by an AT&T store after I move to change my number then, huh? I wonder if there's any advantage to waiting or just getting the new number now. They will probably let you choose from a few numbers if you do it in-store, right?
     
  2. himansk macrumors regular

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    Im in the same situation, moving mid next month. I will probably enter the new address instead and get a new number (i am switching to att). Changing the number costs 36$ on att/cingular anytime after activation, so I would rather get a local area code at activation for the new address, or if there is any problem I dont mind getting the old address' area code.
     
  3. richard4339 macrumors 6502a

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    They (they being cellular providers in America) will base your area code and phone number off the billing address you provide. This used to be a problem with Sprint, because if your address isn't in their explicit list of covered areas, it will decline your new account altogether, even if you're going to be in covered areas 99.9% of the time.

    So, if you're wanting a number from a different area, then yes, simply give an address from that area.

    Just keep in mind that they ALSO use this address when checking your credit score, and that it could cause some problems for you. For example, that address WILL show on your credit report for 7 years. That may or may not be a problem for you.
     
  4. taberrr thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sweet, thanks for the replies. $36 bucks huh? The customer service person I talked to kind of forgot to mention that I guess! :)

    Hmm, so maybe I can call my credit card company and ask them to change my billing address before Friday, and use that address. My credit is really good, so I don't think that new address will be a problem (hopefully). I'm moving into a house, so it's cool that it will be there for 7 yrs+. OR maybe I could call AT&T ahead like some people have done and get that credit approval code with my current address, THEN call my cc company to change the billing address and use that when I activate. Fun, fun.
     

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