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When was the last time you changed your phone number?

  • Before 2003

    Votes: 34 32.7%
  • 2003-2007

    Votes: 21 20.2%
  • 2008-2010

    Votes: 12 11.5%
  • 2010-2013

    Votes: 16 15.4%
  • 2014

    Votes: 8 7.7%
  • 2015

    Votes: 13 12.5%

  • Total voters
    104

generalsmart

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 11, 2014
115
0
When was the last time you changed your cell phone number and why? Do you still have one from your hometown, do you have one you got in college, or maybe from where you first job after college was, or did you change your number when you moved to a new city?
 

generalsmart

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 11, 2014
115
0
Just recently had to change mine because I was late on a few bills, got disconnected, and number was not available when I finally paid my bills, so I was assigned new number!
 

duaneu

macrumors 6502a
Jun 19, 2010
717
279
Bellevue, WA
I've had the same number since I got my first cell phone in 2000. Started at AT&T, ported it to Verizon, T-Mobile and eventually back to AT&T in 2010 when i got my first iPhone.
 

nia820

macrumors 68020
Jun 27, 2011
2,131
1,980
I changed my number back in 2013 due to Vodafone's poor service. I was a day late with paying bill. Usually they turn it back on as soon as you pay online. Well this time I waited 4 days for them to turn my phone back on and customer service kept saying it was nothing they could do and it was IT department issue.

Well I couldn't wait anymore because I needed to make calls and all so I just winded up getting another number with another carrier. Vodafone did eventually turn the number back on after about 9 days. I got a call from Vodafone apologizing for the situation but I didn't want to hear anything about it. I closed my account with them and kissed them goodbye.

I was sad to see that number because I had it for 11 years since my freshman year in high school back when I was rocking a Nokia 3310.
 

cynics

macrumors G4
Jan 8, 2012
11,959
2,154
Got a company provided number around 2004 I believe. Still have that same number today. The hassle of changing my phone number from the perspective of needing other people to update my contact info just seems like a daunting task. Enough that I would pay extra to keep my current number.
 

617aircav

Suspended
Jul 2, 2012
3,975
818
I have had the same number that I ported to google voice for 10 years. I do however get a new sim with a new number every month.
 

scaredpoet

macrumors 604
Apr 6, 2007
6,627
342
I've had the same number since late 2000, so 15 years. I was one of the few college students at the time with a cell phone, because I was far away from home and because the campus phone srvice had these exhorbitant long distance rates.

At the time Sprint was the first cell company with nationwide plans that included long distance, so it actually made sense to use them.

After a few years, I ported out to various carriers and the number has stayed with me since.
 

eyoungren

macrumors Penryn
Aug 31, 2011
28,555
26,396
Just recently had to change mine because I was late on a few bills, got disconnected, and number was not available when I finally paid my bills, so I was assigned new number!
^^^This reason.

2003ish.

Got our current numbers in 2004 when we got cell service back (same carrier). Odd thing was that Sprint seemed to have their wires crossed. The credited me the amount I owed them.

I didn't have to pay a bill until six months after restarting service.

It's been on since then so our numbers have been the same for the past 11 years. Just ported them to T-Mobile a month and a half ago in fact.

Now, ask me how long my parents have had their landline number…well since 1981. :D
 

Shadowbech

macrumors G3
Oct 18, 2011
9,038
5,894
I think around 2010 is when I changed my number because I kept getting unwanted calls (of course at the time there was no option to block calls on my phone), and being annoyed by it, I decided to change my number and they didn't charge me anything.
 

coldsweat

macrumors 6502
Aug 18, 2009
335
281
Grimsby, UK
Had the same number for years & years, but 3 years ago when changing carrier (UK), the 'temporary' new contract number (before porting my old one over) was a really good one 07*** 200 200 so I thought it was worth keeping. Can't see me ever changing it now!
 

ABC5S

Suspended
Sep 10, 2013
3,395
1,646
Florida
Began to get unwanted calls from who else.....OnStar service, and those satellite radio services. Dislike them a lot.
 

jtrue28

macrumors 65816
Apr 10, 2015
1,028
711
Lexington, KY
So if you change your number, and remain with the same carrier, does your plan remain unchanged? I don't want to lose my unlimited data plan, but I'm also receiving way too many marketer calls.
 

Pnr2020

macrumors regular
Nov 6, 2015
185
178
Uk
Changed mine about 2 months ago because I was sick of cold callers. I was getting about 3 a day I would block them but they would ring from different number. So with my new number I never give it out to people I don't know and don't use it when filling out forms on line so far not one cold caller
 

Knowlege Bomb

macrumors G4
Feb 14, 2008
10,178
8,811
US
2009. My girlfriend at the time didn't like that my ex(es) could get a hold of me if she (they) wanted. Probably goes without saying that she was a little too clingy for my tastes. Seemed worth it at the time though.
 
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Sketchr

macrumors 6502a
Jun 15, 2009
929
120
Verizon allows you to change your number online fairly easily. Number was too good to pass up.
 

I_am_a_loser

macrumors regular
Sep 8, 2015
199
69
Boston, MA
Most recently? Just a month ago because I switched carriers and didn't care to port my existing VZW number over. Plus, I've had issues with women stalking me. You see, women develop very deep emotional attachments to me quite quickly. It's a blessing and a curse as you can imagine. Why wasn't I born rich instead of good looking?
 
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0007776

Suspended
Jul 11, 2006
6,473
8,170
Somewhere
I was between the US and Canada for a while for school, my US number changed pretty regularly as I never wanted to pay to keep it between visits home and was gone for too long in-between visits to be able to keep the prepaid number without putting some money on the account. So I got my current number in early 2014 when I was back visiting the US, and that time I moved back permanently before the account expired. I'll probably stick with this number until I move out of the country again and have to change it.
 

ocabj

macrumors 6502a
Jul 2, 2009
548
202
1999 because at the time, my number was at a cell switch station that was not local, but instead was local toll call to my city. So I changed numbers within the same area code that was still local toll free to my city. Now, this issue is moot due to nationwide toll free calls with cells.
 

peckerhead

macrumors member
Apr 26, 2009
83
45
I've still got the same number that I got on my first Ericsson phone back in 2000. It's been ported to just about every major carrier here in the UK at some point.

Unlike landlines in the UK, mobile (cell) phone numbers aren't area code specific so it doesn't relate to any particular town or city.
 

Reno Raines

macrumors 65816
Jul 19, 2015
1,468
772
Have had my number since 1997. Got it with powertel which became voice stream which became t mobile.
 

convergent

macrumors 68040
May 6, 2008
3,034
3,082
Switched jobs and company phone and number went with old job... New one came with new job.
 
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