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Managing Your Wireless Phone Number
Changing, moving and adjusting your wireless phone number.  Your number can be as important as your name, or a secret that you want to keep private.


Find the Location and Carrier of a Wireless Number:
Our Prefix Finder Page helps you find the carrier and location of a specific wireless number.

Numbers to Program (and NOT Program) in to Your Wireless Phone:
-Add an entry in your phone book, "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) and a relative's phone number. In case of an accident, it gives you a better chance of your being identified and relatives notified.
-Add the Local direct number to certain Public Safety agencies, like *CSP, #77 and the like. A 911 operator needs to determine the nature of your call, but a direct call to the right agency will expedite your request.
-Make sure you enter a number for "HOME", even if you never call home. It's the most-often used way for someone who finds a lost cell phone to return it to the owner.
-If you belong to AAA or other auto club, be sure to save their number in your phone book. Your auto manufacturer and insurance company may offer help as well.
-Add your power company and land line repair service to the list. A phone directory may not be available when the power is off or the cable is dead.
-Do NOT add "911" to your speed dial list. This alone accounts for a huge number of accidental calls to 911 operators.
-Get a List of Important Numbers to have before you roam outside the country.
-Do these things now...before you need them!

Move Your Number from One Carrier to Another:
You can move, or "port", your phone number from wireless or wireline carrier to another. Not only can you keep your wireless number when you change carriers, you can also perform a few of tricks by "porting" your number which can enable you to make a lot more changes that you were previously told were not possible.  Our Guide to Moving Your Number is a must-read before you start the process.  You can really mess it up if you make changes in the wrong order.

Get a Phone Number in the Exchange or Area Code You Want
Your wireless carrier may not be able to provide a phone number in your choice of Area Codes. It's important to some people. With "Number Portability" you can fix that, although it's not free. Contact your local wireline phone company and order a real phone line (or wireless from a cellular carrier that does offer service in your desired Area Code, but watch out for Early Termination Fees). You can "install" the wireline in a home or business, some phone companies will assign you a "virtual" phone number that rings another. You may not have many choices of numbers. Then, contact your cellular provider to "port" your number from wireline (or wireless) to your final wireless account. The final wireless carrier will help you through that. This action will cancel the old service for you. Don't do it yourself, but check with the carrier later to make sure it terminated properly.

Of, course, you could keep the new wireline active and just Call Forward that number to your cell phone. This can be done with both actual and virtual phone numbers. You may need to pay for a certain amount of service, installation charges, and go through the headache of choosing a long distance carrier, but how bad you you want it?

"Hide" Your Phone Number:
The easiest way to hide your phone number is to use Call Forwarding from another number such as Google Voice.  Be careful about what number shows on outgoing calls.  Google Voice can be configured to show either your actual or Google Voice on outgoing calls, however, this does NOT apply to outgoing Text Messages.  If you really need to block your phone number you can enter a program code (such as *67) to hide your Caller ID.  Most carriers can also permanently block your outgoing Caller ID.

Google Voice Gives You Control of All the Numbers for All Your Phones:
Google can assign a Free phone number that is tied to you, not to a device or a location. Make and receive calls, send and get texts, and read and listen to voicemails on your phone, tablet, or computer.  You can choose a random number, one that is meaningful to you, or you can transfer your existing number. 
Subscribe to Google Voice and get flexible Number Portability and a full slate of phone features all fully programmable.  You can choose what number rings what phone at what time, cheap international wireless calls, and voice mail that responds to each caller in the way you choose.  Get more on our Google Voice page.

Get a More "Businesslike" Number for Your Cellular Phone:
When you place an ad online, in the newspaper, on your business card or the back of your truck, customers often know that's a cell phone number, making your business look a little less 'legitimate.' With "Number Portability" you can fix that, although it's not free.

Contact your local wireline phone company and order a real phone line. You can "install" it wherever you'd like, some phone companies will assign you a "virtual" phone number that rings another. You won't have many choices of a number, but choose one with an "old" exchange people would recognize, or one that you recognize as "businesslike". Then, contact your cellular provider to "port" your number from wireline to wireless. You may need to establish a new wireless account, but the wireless carrier will help you through that. This action will cancel the wireline for you. Don't do it yourself, but check with the wireline later to make sure it terminated properly. There are more tips for number portability here. Of, course, you could keep the new wireline number and just forward the number to your cell phone. This can be done with both actual and virtual phone numbers. Some carriers offer "vanity" phone numbers that spell something, at an additional charge.

You may need to pay for a certain amount of wireline service, installation charges, and go through the headache choosing a long distance carrier, but in the end, you'll look like you're in business at an 'established' location
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Voice Mail Access Numbers:
These are numbers that may give you access to your local cellular voice mail system.  Some of these numbers are available to leave a message for a wireless customer without ringing their phone.  This function is slowly being deactivated but we still maintain the database so you can access each carrier's Voice Mail platform.

You Can Make Calls Without an Assigned Phone Number
There are a handful of apps that make calls through an IP (Internet Protocol) connection to the public phone network and that includes connections made through the broadband portion of your wireless phone.  Some apps also allow incoming calls however, only through the app and not through the public telephone network.

One For All, or All for One:
Some services allow you to consolidate your phone numbers so that one number rings all others, or all numbers ring one phone.  T-Mobile offers this option, called "Digits".  Some of these features can also be handled for Free by Google Voice. 

Change Your Phone Number:
You can get away from pesky callers or maintain your privacy by changing your actual wireless phone number from time to time. You can use one of the above methods to change the number others can see, or you can contact your carrier and just ask for a number change.  Most carriers permit a free number change once every 6 months.  They will also change or make private numbers that have fallen into dangerous hands, without charge.

Be careful! You could easily trade your old number for one previously owned by a shady character.  You could get a whole new batch of annoying calls...or make some new friends!

Vanity Phone Numbers:
Normally offered by landline carriers, you can get a phone number that is relevant to your life, like your address, or a number that spells a name or word.  These "custom" numbers are charged extra but can be utilized in different locations with virtual number assignments or with other manipulations mentioned above.

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