Should I keep my number?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iMacZealot, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    So, today was my birthday, and I got an iPhone to replace my T-Mobile Sidekick 3, which was having issues.

    I don't know whether to keep my number, or to get a new one.

    I really like my current one, because it's easy to remember (every pair of digits are multiples of 4 or 8 and my sister has a similar one), but it's not THAT great of a number, and I don't want to spend a long time porting.

    I know that when you activate any other phone in a store, they give you a list of numbers to choose from usually. at&t did this when I activated a Nokia 6126 as a business phone. They gave me about ten numbers all from the same block.

    Will iTunes give me a list of numbers, or will I be randomly assigned one if I choose to not port my T-Mobile number?

  2. Raska macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2007
    There is a screen where you can choose to keep your number, port a number from another carrier, or get assigned a new number. You don't get a list of numbers if you choose to get a new one, it just assigns you one.
  3. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    Well, first off, Happy Birthday.

    Secondly, I think iTunes just randomly assigns you a number. Personally, if I were you I'd keep my old number just so you don't have to make sure everyone has your new number. I think it takes longer to activate (I'm not 100% sure on that), but it would be worth it.

    Good luck. I'm getting mine this Tuesday. :D
  4. MK2007 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2007
    If you have no problems with callers to your current number, then it is best to keep it. Don't change it just for the sake of having change. You might not like the new number. You can change to a new number later, but you won't be able to get back your old number if you don't port it.
  5. Canuck4 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2007
    Nope, you dont choose they just stick you with one.
    I'd say keep your numbers since people probably already have it.

  6. mets1125 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2007
    Queens, NY
    If people you don't like have your # then get a new one...What I hate about getting a new # is ppl call looking for the person who had the previous #, that happened to me last time it was sooo annoying
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    AFAIK, you can get a brand new number on your iPhone and then port your T-Mobile number over at a later time.
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    How many people have your old number? Personally, I hate making a bunch of calls telling people my new number.

    Happy Birthday!
  9. Littlebit macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2007
    However if you do it that way, you'll have to keep your T-Mobile account open (and pay for it). If you haven't ported your old number by the time you close the T-Mobile account, the old number will be permanently gone, especially if they've already assigned it to someone else.
  10. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    Well, not too many people have my current one because I've only had it for nine months, so it wouldn't be much of a problem telling them my new one. I'm just concerned about the porting time because my sisters and dad took about two days to port (but because the rep was incompetent and typed in the wrong name, wrong home phone number, and wrong SSN.) I was also wondering If I might convert my Sidekick into a prepaid account, but I'm not sure what I'd use it for.

    I was planning on getting a warranty replacement Sidekick and selling it new on craigslist, but that'll take about three weeks to get here, and it'll only get me maybe another $50 out of my sale. Plus, I don't want to pay for another month of T-Mobile.

    Can I go to the at&t store and activate my line and choose a number from a list? Or must it be through iTunes?
  11. Karpfish macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2006
    At&T can't do anything with it at the store, it has to be done through iTunes.
  12. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

    Tom Sawyer

    Aug 29, 2007
    I ported my old number over and it went quickly... the whole process might have been 10 minutes. Just make sure you have your account # and password for your current provider account handy. :D
  13. gceo macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    I wasn't 100% sure at first, so I got issued a new number from at&t. After about 2 weeks of using the iPhone, knowing that I wanted to keep it, I then ported my longtime number (also easy to remember) over from Verizon. It was a breeze, and gave me peace of mind.
  14. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    I, like others, hate making the calls or emails saying, "Here's my new number." and I hate deciding who gets that call and who doesn't. :) So, I kept my number from college when I moved back home. Everyone looks at me funny with my 417 area code, but I'd rather have them look at me funny than to change it.
  15. earnjam macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    North Carolina
    I ported my number from Alltel. It took about 24 hours to go through, but I was able to make calls on the iPhone during that time. I just carried 2 phones for a day.

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