Post # 1
Fiance and I purchased a house and moved in at the end of June. We weren’t planning on having a home phone at all, but in order to get DSL we have to pay for a landline, and on top of that we realized both our cells get horrible reception here so long conversations/work calls are best done on the land line.
We called the DSL/phone company and they gave us a number. I was under the impression that phone numbers are not hard wired into the phone line, that when a new person moves in they get a new number. However, we’ve been getting a ton of spam calls and I started staying on the line long enough to talk to someone and tell them to stop calling. Turns out they are tons of debt collectors for the old owner (he was a total flaker, very shady, had to move closing up a week because waiting another week would have put the house into foreclosure).
This makes me think we have the same phone number of the old residents. Do you think they could get our number connected to the old owners even if it’s new? Am I totally wrong about new phone numbers when the phone lines were shut off for over a year and then new owners reactivated?
Post # 3
Huh. I’ve never had a landline, but I know that it used to be that they were assigned to homes. I thought that all changed now that you can “take your number with you”. I’d call the phone company and just tell them the situation, see if they can do anything. Don’t accuse, but be a little frustrated. That usually works for me and my cable provider when I’ve moved & had to update my internet:)
Post # 4
@Solstice: When we purchased our home and got set up for the landline (that we never use), we were given options of phone numbers. You may want to call your phone company and request a new number. They shouldn’t give you trouble.
Post # 5
It used to be land lines weren’t reassigned for 2 years, with so many numbers being required, it is about 60 days now. In this area it was never assigned to a particular address. If you live within the same exchange, you can bring you land line # with you.
Post # 6
it is possible to end up with the same phone number, not common, but possible. however it is easy to change a phone number, call your company or go down to the office and tell them what is going on. We recently changed our business phone number, it took a 5 minuet conversation and 1 piece of paper. It is completely worth it to get the spam calls to go away.
Post # 7
That is very strange. We got a new number when we moved in and set up our land line and never received a single call for the old owners. Can you ask to switch your number? People do it all the time.