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Burlap Rats
Posts: 18,942
Riverside, California, US


Need to get a new phone number before I can work. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, but my cell phone provider is out of Southern California and I am in the extended service area here in Portland. They can't change my phone number while in the extended area. Great. So now I have to find a new provider and get a new phone and number. And I have to be picky because I need unlimited web and minutes. I hate having to spend money to start making money. Especially when you don't have any.
Nov 06 12 01:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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SPierce Photography
Posts: 19,670
Amherst, Massachusetts, US


Why do you need a new phone number? I still have my michigan based number, and have had so for the last 15 years, and no one's ever given me another issue over it !
Nov 06 12 01:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Burlap Rats
Posts: 18,942
Riverside, California, US


SPierce Photography wrote:
Why do you need a new phone number? I still have my michigan based number, and have had so for the last 15 years, and no one's ever given me another issue over it !

I'm doing phone calling and they want me to have a local number.

Nov 06 12 01:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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SPierce Photography
Posts: 19,670
Amherst, Massachusetts, US


Nimue Elaine wrote:

I'm doing phone calling and they want me to have a local number.

OH! They darn well better be paying your cell phone bill then! Pick up another number, claim it as a business expense on your taxes- they should be paying the bill anyway !

Nov 06 12 01:14 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Burlap Rats
Posts: 18,942
Riverside, California, US


SPierce Photography wrote:

OH! They darn well better be paying your cell phone bill then! Pick up another number, claim it as a business expense on your taxes- they should be paying the bill anyway !

I need the new phone anyhow, since I can't get any updates on my current phone. My calling works, but I am only getting half my texts and I can't get web since I am not in the service area. But yeah, I'll write all this off anyhow.

Nov 06 12 01:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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SPierce Photography
Posts: 19,670
Amherst, Massachusetts, US


Nimue Elaine wrote:

I need the new phone anyhow, since I can't get any updates on my current phone. My calling works, but I am only getting half my texts and I can't get web since I am not in the service area. But yeah, I'll write all this off anyhow.

Fingers crossed they compensate you for the phone calls you're making! With that said, go with verizon. I've had great experiences with them so far.

Nov 06 12 01:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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Burlap Rats
Posts: 18,942
Riverside, California, US


SPierce Photography wrote:

Fingers crossed they compensate you for the phone calls you're making! With that said, go with verizon. I've had great experiences with them so far.

I can only afford like $40 a month. There is a provider out here that has unlimited everything for that. I'm going to check it out later today.

Nov 06 12 01:34 pm  Link  Quote 
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Paolo Diavolo
Posts: 8,357
Martinez, California, US


Nimue Elaine wrote:
I'm doing phone calling and they want me to have a local number.

well are you on GSM? just activate a new SIM card, and change the chip.
keep the same phone. should cost about $30 at most.
or go buy a used cheapy phone and do the above.

Nov 06 12 05:20 pm  Link  Quote 
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Nemi
Posts: 27,411
Jamaica, New York, US


Add a second line.
When I was in VA and I thought my NYC number was hurting me it was the cheapest course of action.
Nov 06 12 07:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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Burlap Rats
Posts: 18,942
Riverside, California, US


Nemi wrote:
Add a second line.
When I was in VA and I thought my NYC number was hurting me it was the cheapest course of action.

I can't. My carrier can't guarantee that anything will work up here if I get new or change anything to my plan since I am in the extended network. It's super obnoxious, but I have it figured out, so no more sweating it. smile

Nov 07 12 08:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Burlap Rats
Posts: 18,942
Riverside, California, US


Paolo Diavolo wrote:

well are you on GSM? just activate a new SIM card, and change the chip.
keep the same phone. should cost about $30 at most.
or go buy a used cheapy phone and do the above.

CDMA. My phone has to be flashed.

Nov 07 12 08:59 am  Link  Quote 
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ArtisticPhotography
Posts: 7,699
Buffalo, New York, US


Get a google voice number and have it forwarded to your cell phone. It will give you the appearance of a local number at no cost.
Nov 07 12 09:13 am  Link  Quote 
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ArtisticPhotography
Posts: 7,699
Buffalo, New York, US


If you put your google voice # in the friends and family circle, and set GV to not pass caller id through (so it uses your GV # on caller ID on forwarded calls) you won't have caller ID of the person calling you but you'll get free calls. If you need to look up who called you, you can go to the GV site and look it up.

google.com/voice
Nov 07 12 09:15 am  Link  Quote 
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Burlap Rats
Posts: 18,942
Riverside, California, US


ArtisticPhotography wrote:
Get a google voice number and have it forwarded to your cell phone. It will give you the appearance of a local number at no cost.

This is slightly genius.

Nov 07 12 10:08 am  Link  Quote 
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Little Queenie
Posts: 6,213
Indio, California, US


Gah I can't remember the name of the site or the provider but there was this thing where you join a site, they send you a phone and you get unlimited everything for $45 a month. Then if you get other peope to sign up, they reduce your monthly bill and eventually will pay you for the people that join through you or your friends.

Crap...stupid memory!
Nov 07 12 10:14 am  Link  Quote 
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DougBPhoto
Posts: 37,960
Portland, Oregon, US


Nimue Elaine wrote:

This is slightly genius.

Could have sworn I suggested it to you like a month ago wink

Nov 07 12 10:25 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ArtisticPhotography
Posts: 7,699
Buffalo, New York, US


DougBPhoto wrote:

Could have sworn I suggested it to you like a month ago wink

Yeah, but you're not slightly-genius  :p

Nov 07 12 11:38 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Burlap Rats
Posts: 18,942
Riverside, California, US


DougBPhoto wrote:

Could have sworn I suggested it to you like a month ago wink

That was when I didn't have a phone. You have to have a phone to get GV. I never knew about the call forwarding either.

Nov 07 12 12:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Burlap Rats
Posts: 18,942
Riverside, California, US


Little Queenie wrote:
Gah I can't remember the name of the site or the provider but there was this thing where you join a site, they send you a phone and you get unlimited everything for $45 a month. Then if you get other peope to sign up, they reduce your monthly bill and eventually will pay you for the people that join through you or your friends.

Crap...stupid memory!

Well, you're good for nothing.

Nov 07 12 12:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Caradoc
Posts: 19,622
Scottsdale, Arizona, US


Nimue Elaine wrote:
You have to have a phone to get GV.

You do?

I'm using GV right now via computer, not phone. Really. I'm on a conference call right now.

It's nice to be able to forward it to one phone or another, but I place and answer calls right at the computer all day long.

Nov 07 12 12:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Burlap Rats
Posts: 18,942
Riverside, California, US


Caradoc wrote:

You do?

I'm using GV right now via computer, not phone. Really. I'm on a conference call right now.

It's nice to be able to forward it to one phone or another, but I place and answer calls right at the computer all day long.

A few weeks ago when I tried to get GV, it wanted me to give it a phone number. I didn't have one to give.

Nov 07 12 12:19 pm  Link  Quote 
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