Post # 1
Ok, so I will be getting married in June, and will be officially moving to a different state to live with my FI. We are planning to live in this new state… forever probably.
I have had my cell number since I was 15! I LOVE my number. I think it’s easy and catchy to remember. It’s always been my number, and I got it back before people just used your contact info, so all of my best friends and family have my number memorized, just like I have theirs!
My question is… do I/should I change my cell number when I get married so that it is the same area code as FI and this new state? I have a feeling maybe I should.. since we will be living there for possibly the rest of our lives… but I LOVE MY NUMBER. It’s so strange.. but I’m attached. I feel so weird thinking about having a brand new cell number, and trying to coordinate getting everyone to know that I had to switch it…
It seems like a pain. But maybe necessary? Has anyone else had to do this?!
Post # 3
@wildflowerbee: Why would you change your number if its not necessary?
Post # 4
I really don’t think it’s necessary. I mean, if you want to, go for it, but I (and many friends) have moved states several times, and I’ve never heard of anyone changing their cell number to “match” their new state.
But, again, if you want to, go for it! It’s no weirder than changing your whole name! 🙂
Post # 5
I’ve never even heard of this. Matching last names? Sure. Matching area codes? That’s a new one for me.
Most people keep their cell numbers now, regardless of whether they switch states, carriers, whatever.
If you like your number, keep it. I actually kind of like when I start to tell someone my phone number and when I say the area code they go, “Oh hey, you’re from _________ too?! I grew up there!”
Post # 6
I kept mine. I live in NH but I have an NJ cell #. If you like your #, keep it!
Post # 7
i wouldnt worry about it. Dh and I have different area codes as one another & where we currently live. I’ve had it since I was 18 and see no need to change. I use my phone for work sometimes and it can be an interesting conversation start.
Post # 8
My husband and I are both from California and our area code is different from the state we live in. The only problem it causes is that we have to specify the area code is different if we have to recite it to someone.
Post # 9
No way. I hate changing my number and would defintiely keep it if I’d had it that long. My husbands number is still a TX number and we’re in MA now. We never thought he should change it. It might be a big deal back in the day when everyone used land lines and no one had free long distance, but now? There’s no point to change it.
Post # 10
My concern is basically the hassle of explaining for the rest of my life why my area code is different… Like if I am applying for a different job in 20 years and they ask for my number, I feel like they will be all “you’ve lived here 20 years, why is your area code still from that other state?”. And like my kids wondering why it’s different, and their parents, and my patients, etc etc… I just dont know if I should suck it up and change, or if it’s normal to keep this area code and number forever.
Post # 11
Its an area code, you’re overthinking it. If youre concerned about it go ahead and change it but its really not a big deal.
Post # 12
@wildflowerbee: well in Mexico it would be sort of necessary because if you use a phone outside of your area it charges waaaaaaay more for both lines, but maybe that’s just in Slim’s kingdom (I believe Mexican telephones are one of the most expensive ones in the world, maybe that’s why the owner is one of the richest guys out there 8- ) ). I dunno how it works in the US, though.
Post # 13
@wildflowerbee: Why on earth would you change your number?
Post # 14
@wildflowerbee: I don’t think it’s necessary at all. I have had my number for 11 years and I haven’t lived in the state the area code is in 9 Years.
Post # 15
Also no one ever questions my area code. Every now and then someone who recognizes it is like ohhh you have a x number! Pretty rare though.
Post # 16
Check with your provider to see if your number is available in your new area code.
Other than that… I wouldn’t change it.