How to Change Your Cell Number

By Jessica Reed

There are many reasons a person may want to change their cell phone number. Whether you are receiving harassing phone calls, want to stop several people from calling you, or don't feel like talking to an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend who keeps calling, you can request a new phone number for your cell phone. There may be a fee for changing the number depending on your provider and the reason for the change, but it some cases it may be necessary. Here's how you can change your cell phone number and stop unwanted calls.

Step 1

Log in to your online cell phone account, if you have one. Check if they have an option for changing your phone number.

Step 2

Call your cell phone company and ask to have your number changed. There may also be a charge for this. You may need to visit the company in person so they can set up your new number.

Step 3

Ask your cell phone company to block an unwanted number if you are changing your phone number to block a specific person from calling. This will be more convenient than changing your phone number and usually won't involve a fee.

Step 4

Buy a new phone if your contract has run out and you want to sign a new one. If you don't request to keep your old number, the new phone will have a different number automatically.

Step 5

Buy a pay-as-you-go cell phone and cancel your cell phone service for your old phone.

Step 6

Tell your cell phone provider if you are receiving harassing or unwanted phone calls and want to change your number. Many companies allow you to change the number for free at least once if harassment is the cause.

Tips & Warnings

  • A cell phone number can only be changed by the person whose name the phone is registered to.
  • Contact the police if harassment continues or the caller threatens your life.