the Location and Carrier of a Wireless Number:
helps you find the carrier and location of
a specific wireless
Your Number from One
Carrier to Another:
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
Your Number is
before you start the process.
You can really mess it up if you make changes in the wrong order.
Program (and NOT Program) in to Your Wireless Phone:
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
-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
-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
-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!
Add a "+1" to the Entries in Your
you ever travel outside the US (including Mexico but not Canada),
adding a "+1" (without the
quotation marks!) allows you to use your phone book both in and outside
the US. The "+" tells the phone to automatically add the
access string, if any, and the "1" is the country code for all
numbers in the US and North America. You don't really
add it today except for your most important numbers, just get into the
habit with all new numbers.
Get a Phone Number in
the Exchange or Area Code You Want
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?
Your Phone Number:
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 number on
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
permanently block your outgoing Caller ID.
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
voice mails on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can
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, very cheap international wireless calls, and voice
that responds to each caller in the way you choose.
Google Voice does have
some idiocyncracies. Calls are completed through Voice Over Internet
Protocol (VOIP) which uses cellular data or Wi-Fi. Calls and
will use cellular phone channels if no data is available.
if you subscride to Google Fi wireless service, your Google voice
account is canceled and you'll use Google Fi's features, instead.
Get a More
for Your Cellular Phone:
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.
Mail Access Numbers:
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.
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 Number For All, or All for One:
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
Your Phone Number:
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
once every 6 months. They will also change or make private
numbers that have fallen into dangerous hands, without charge.
careful! You could easily trade your old number for one previously
owned by a shady character. You could get a whole new batch
annoying calls...or make some new friends!
Vanity Phone Numbers:
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.