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Old 03-08-2019, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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I'm getting ready to move from Colorado to Arizona (permanent).

What are the pros and cons to changing or not changing my cell phone number?

The one that does not concern me is former contacts, since I don't use my smart phone that often for personal conversation, and most of my business contacts will end.

Thanks!
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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You nailed it with the cons. Really the only ones.

There's really no reason to change nowadays. Since most exchanges (the first 3 digits of our numbers) across the country were shrunk and added to, everyone is used to 10 digit numbers today.
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:25 PM
 
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If you use your cell as the contact number for any important accounts then just keep it.
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Old 03-09-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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The one reason to change is new local friends and businesses who use landilines won’t have to pay long distance charges to call you. Plus adding the need to dial an area code is a minor hassle. I’d get a local number to be perceived as a local.

You might not use your smart phone for personal calls, but why? Why pay for a landline? You’ll have to get a new landline number in AZ anyway and let everyone know. Just tell everyone to contact you thru your mobile number. A phone is a phone. I’m 69 and haven’t had a landline for 6 years. No issues. But I digress.

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Old 03-09-2019, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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And how does 911 work if you have a cell phone with an out of state prefix?
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Originally Posted by phetaroi View Post
And how does 911 work if you have a cell phone with an out of state prefix?
911 calls from cell phones are routed to the nearest call center based on the cell tower that you're connected to, not the phone number.
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Old 03-10-2019, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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911 calls from cell phones are routed to the nearest call center based on the cell tower that you're connected to, not the phone number.
Interesting!
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Old 03-10-2019, 01:17 PM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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If you had checked to see if there was existing info and discussion on this, you would have seen this thread:
Did you change your (mobile) phone number when you moved to a new state? (move ....

which has pages and pages of interesting insights on this subject.
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:05 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Personal choice - there really isn't a whole lot of difference these days. With overlays, 10 digit dialing is pretty common. And honestly, with cell phones and VoIP, many people don't even remember each other's phone numbers after it's added to their contact list.

That said - it is an opportunity to pick a new phone number if you like the new area code or have the opportunity to choose a number. I had a VoIP service and got a number that was like 301.300.3333 (not the actual number). So I thought it was neat.

Do whatever is easier or more worthwhile for you.
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Old 03-10-2019, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I thought of one more Con:
A lot of websites and on-line services use your cell phone as a second-layer of security. You give them your cell, and then they verify it by phoning or texting you. IE: Google asks me every few months to text me to verify it's still me.
Likewise my bank and investment firms.

If you change your number, then all those saved numbers will have to be changed. Not difficult, but it will be a minor hassle.
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