New iPhones, New Number?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MichaelMidnight, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. MichaelMidnight macrumors regular


    Feb 20, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Ok, this is probably going to be a personal preference sort of question that really depends on the individual, but I wanted to know, when you change your phone, how many of you also opt to get new numbers? True for businesses and people who use the phone feature a lot, changing numbers is pretty much a no-no but sometimes I get a kick of getting a new number. Plus it helps when you're going Uber and Lyft. But yeah, How many of you opt to change your number when you get new phones?
  2. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    I've only ever changed my number once, and I had to by force (both iMessage was acting up when I switched to Android and they were having a tough time getting it deregistered, and also because someone was semi-harassing me), and I hated having to.

    I will never change the number I have now for as long as I can get away with it.
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    The vast majority wouldn't want to change numbers in general even for good reasons, let alone just for the fun of it essentially.
  4. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    How does a new number help with Uber & Lyft?

    No, I've never changed my number.
  5. E3BK macrumors 68030


    Mar 15, 2008
    I know exactly zero people who change their phone number for the fun of it.
  6. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Our numbers have not changed since 2004 when we came back to Sprint after a one year absence because we could not afford to maintain a cell phone bill each month.

    So no. Never changed it. That would be an extreme hassle for everyone that needs to contact us.
  7. Robert M. macrumors 6502a

    Robert M.

    Jan 4, 2010
    Have business cards with my number so I'll never change it. Had this one for five years, would feel wrong to switch it now.
  8. MichaelMidnight thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 20, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I guess I'm in the minority here. At least for me, I don't use the phone aspect as much since most of my communication goes through FB Messenger, iMessage, and Social Media.
  9. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    For many iMessage is still phone number based as they use it interchangeably with SMS.
  10. techiebug macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2013
    Unless someone has like 5 contacts in his contact list, or he wins a lottery and wants to disappear, I don't think of any reason to get a new number.

    Jokes aside, sorry if I'm wrong but I think you're very young, perhaps in middle or high school. Since as an adult, everyone needs a real number.
  11. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    That sounds really impractical and inconvenient. If there's anyone who needs to reach you by phone or text (friends, family, coworkers, your doctor, your bank, etc.) you have to make sure they know your new number.

    I don't see this as being feasible for an adult.
  12. wksj macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2015
    I'll probably never change my number because it's close to perfect. 5xx-x55-5555 I'd change it only if I can get one with more 5s.

    New number = new account = free ride
    I don't know if it's possible in the US, but in Canada, you can get some providers' SIM cards for free/close to free, activate it, sign up for Uber, then get rid of the SIM card. Rinse and repeat, without changing your main number. That's what I'm doing. :oops:
  13. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    I only had to change my number once because the fact that I kept getting scam calls and got fed up with it and went to AT&T and asked to change my number and they did it for free.
  14. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I've changed my number a couple times, but that was because I was going to school out of the country and the prepaid sims that I used when I came back to the US usually expired in the amount of time I was gone and I didn't want to put money on when I was out of the country and not going to use it. Since I came back about 2 years ago I haven't changed it and I don't plan to unless I leave the country again and then I obviously will need a new number.
  15. Oridus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2012

    Yay for sneaky theft. ;/

    If they're offering free rides for new numbers, that's their fault, yes, I understand. However taking advantage of it like that? Wow.
  16. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I've had the same number since I got my first cel phone, a MetroPCS Kyocera 2235 back in 2004.

    I see no reason whatsoever to change my number other than possibly persistent harassment. In fact I'm rather fond of my number and that I've been able to have it be the same for 11 years now.

    Quite a few phones have had it:

    Kyocera 2235
    Palm Treo 650
    Palm Pre
    iPhone 4
    iPhone 5
    iPhone 6
  17. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    Except for an area code change i've had the same cell phone number for 20 years. I don't see the desire to get someone else's old number, and get calls to them. I've had that enough with my home phone.
  18. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I changed my number when I went to iPhone because my old number was a work phone so I couldn't keep it... But it is a bit of a pain because I had a lot of things to change from various credit card companies, banks, new tags for my dogs/cats, updating my number with various services that I use. Yeah, nope not going to change my number. I am getting a new number but that is going to be my dedicates business number so I'll have a personal number and a business number.
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I can't say I ever changed my number, Its like changing your email address but worse. The level of hassle far outweighs any benefit (if there is any benefit).
  20. Blujelly macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2012
    South East England
    Always kept my number, only give it out to people that I want to have it. Had my number for about 12 years now.

    Although I've had a SIM only plan for a year now so it will be a lot easier to keep it now.
  21. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I have to correct myself, I had to change my number once. It was before the age of taking your phone numbers with you, when cell phones were still a young technology. Once when we could finally take our number with us, I never looked back :)
  22. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    Never heard of someone changing their number for no reason ... OP, you may be the first to think of it.
  23. philbo7 macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2015
    Ardmore, Oklahoma
    I've had the same number for 14 years (ever since my first cell phone). Even when I moved out of state I still have the old area code. I'd rather people think I live in the old state based on my area code than get a new number. I don't understand why anyone would want to go through the hassle of changing their number just for the fun of it.
  24. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    Who wants to change their phone number? It's a major PITA!
  25. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA

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