How to Change a Cell Phone Number to Prevent Annoying Calls

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How to Change a Cell Phone Number to Prevent Annoying Calls
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If you are dealing with unwanted or harassing phone calls to your mobile number, you can change your mobile phone number by contacting the service provider. Explain that you want to stop unwanted calls, or simply request a new number. Doing so may incur a fee, but the process is quick and easy.

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  1. 1

    Contact the mobile phone service provider from which you receive a monthly bill. Provide your name and telephone number or account number and confirm that you are the account holder.

  2. 2

    Request a new telephone number and confirm if additional mobile phone lines associated with the current phone number and account number will be connected to the new mobile number. If not, indicate which additional lines will operate under the new mobile phone number.

  3. 3

    Request a new local number or provide an address with city and state information. The mobile phone service provider will provide a mobile phone number within that area. For example, an account holder living in Burbank, California would receive a mobile phone number beginning with area code 818.

  4. 4

    Confirm fees and charges associated with changing a mobile phone number. For example, as of 2009, T-Mobile and Verizon both charge a standard fee of £9 to change a mobile phone number. The fee will appear on your next billing statement.

  5. 5

    Notify friends, family and colleagues of your new mobile phone number. In most cases, new mobile phone numbers will be effective immediately.

    The new number will appear on your next billing statement; an online billing statement may reflect the new mobile phone number within hours or a day of the request.

Tips and warnings

  • Notify all contacts immediately of the change.
  • You may have to reset your voicemail password after changing your cell phone number.

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