How to Obtain an Available Cell Phone Number

You can change your telephone number while keeping the same service provider. In some circumstances, you can ask for and receive a number of your own choice within an area code. In other cases, you may have to choose from a list of available numbers given to you by your service provider. There is typically no fee for changing your phone number, although there may be a fee associated with switching providers or plans.

When you get a cellphone, you will be given an available number.

Obtaining a Prepaid Number

Step 1

Search Wirelessguide.org to find a wireless provider and plan that suits you. Each provides different rates for a certain number of minutes. Some offer low texting rates, calling rates or Internet data packages, so choose one that is best for you.

Step 2

Contact the wireless company and request the prepaid phone you want. Your wireless provider will mail you the phone, which may come with a SIM card, also called a data chip. If you cannot call your chosen provider, pick a prepaid phone package from a store, online or in a phone shop.

Step 3

Remove the back cover of your phone, take out the battery pack and remove SIM card. Write down the numbers that are printed on this card.

Step 4

Write down the number printed on the sticker under the battery pack; this is called an IME number.

Step 5

Call your wireless provider to register your phone. You will need your address, current contact phone number, date of birth, Social Security number and the SIM and IME numbers.

Step 6

Choose a number. Your wireless provider may offer you the opportunity to choose an area code, or the company may already have a number associated with your new SIM card.

Obtaining a Postpaid Number

Step 1

Contact the wireless company you wish to have as your provider.

Step 2

Choose the postpaid plan you want and the area you want the phone number in.

Step 3

Give the customer service agent your details for the credit check. These details will include your address, name, home phone number, date of birth and Social Security number.

Step 4

Choose the phone number you want. Some phone companies give you a chance to choose your own number and others will just give you whichever number is available in your area.

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