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    Pick your own phone number?

    planning on getting in on some of the action with Cingular do they let you pick your own number if you sign up for a new account does anyone know?

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    your best bet is when in a store tell them you want to choose your number, and probably the best they can do is say:

    do you want xxx-yyyy?
    no
    do you want xxx-yzyx?
    no
    do you want xxx-byba?

    etc
    -kilo <<I used to work as a Customer Service Representative and then as a Tier II Technical Support Representative for Cingular Wireless LLC most of my info you can associate with TX OK AR KS MO>>

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    Re: Pick your own phone number?

    Originally posted by scubasteve2255
    planning on getting in on some of the action with Cingular do they let you pick your own number if you sign up for a new account does anyone know?
    I hope you got hours of time and a really patient rep, lol.
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    They could charge extra for that...but i guess it's not on their priority
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    Yeah I was going to get something like 867 5309

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    Originally posted by scubasteve2255
    Yeah I was going to get something like 867 5309
    If you have that number then make sure you don't answer the phone unless you know who's calling... To many prank calls...

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    From what I heard in Telegence markets you can do that during activation (not sure) but in Care markets it is randomly selected. If you choose to select a special number you get billed for it. However, in some situations I have let a customer change it and was able to pick from a list. Mainly because we work off 2 different area codes here. It is likely a customer will get a different area code than their home phone number so under certain circumstances I let them change it and pick with no charge. Although I have had to explain to management why I didn't add the fee. In some cases it determined whether a customer activated service with us or not so I let it go.
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    I forgot to mention one of the initial selections during activation is 'Special Number" which means if you want a number to correspond with a name it is 36.00 but lets you pick. You may want the number to coincide with the name THE-MOON for example. It would offer any number combinations to match the words.

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    It really comes down to the Retail Sales Consultant that's doing the activation. Go to a corporate store and ask...it won't hurt..the prefixes are already preset, but the last four digits, if open, are up for grabs....

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    Originally posted by kilo
    your best bet is when in a store tell them you want to choose your number, and probably the best they can do is say:

    do you want xxx-yyyy?
    no
    do you want xxx-yzyx?
    no
    do you want xxx-byba?

    etc
    Sounds like I'm taking some donuts and beer with me......it's going to be a looooooong day for the rep and I.

    I can see it now

    CSR: "I got one, how about 865-5399?
    Me: "No" "Hey which one's better strawberry filled or apple cinnamon"?

    CSR: Points at the apple cinammon and says "Can you pass me another Amstel?" and then burps and says "yeah ......THAT'S the stuff"
    Last edited by scubasteve2255; 10-09-2004 at 03:07 AM.

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    I'll bet this is one of the most asked questions any retailer gets. Can I pick my own number? Instead of constantly saying no, they should at least look into this. I mean how hard is it to check for number availability? A Verizon and Nextel rep let me pick my exchange, but it was pot luck on the last four. I'm trying to get my old Cingular number back that has not been reused and all I'm getting is NO.
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    In Chicago, the rep let me keep the last 4 digits of my previous number.

    I wish I would have done some searching, and had her give me a Roselle, IL exchange instead of Hinsdale. Not much I can do about it now. But I know for sure next time I'll have a list of Cingular exchanges for a particular city and make sure I can get one of those.. So I dont get some weird town!

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    ive had so many numbers, i dont really care anymore.
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    Originally posted by walkguru
    ive had so many numbers, i dont really care anymore.
    LOL. I bet the people who have to call you and keep up with all the numbers care.

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    If you do it afterwards they will probably consider it a vanity number. I did that with AT&T and it was $50. I wanted something easier to remember to tell friends and family. I decided to get one where the last three numbers spell out my last name.

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