When I Got a New Phone Number
In my final move of independence from my parents, I removed myself from the cell phone family plan and started my own account.
- Feel like an adult
- Help my parents save slightly more pocket money as they retire
- Got the new iPhone 6
- Costs $$ when I was previously enjoying free cellular phone service
- I HAD TO CHANGE MY NUMBER.
Even though I spoke to my dad ahead of time, got his PIN, password, SS#, and answers to the security questions, the people at Sprint would not let me port my old number from the family Sprint account because my father was not in the store with me. This was simply not going to happen, because we are 2,000 miles apart and never see each other. I asked if I could call him or Facetime him to give a verbal. Nope. I asked if I could 3-way call him with customer service. Nope. Unfucking believable.
So what happens when an account administrator dies? Or when a couple breaks up, un-amicably, and wants to split up the phone plan?
In the end, I wanted the new iPhone badly enough and also wanted to make the final move and cut myself off from my parents badly enough that I took a deep sigh and started a new account with a new number. My dad said I could stay, but I just don’t feel good about it.
Now, with my new number, not only am I waking up in the night several times finding myself repeating my new number in my head, trying to memorize it, but the following thoughts have been haunting me:
- who had this phone number before?
- what happened to them that they don’t have it anymore?
- did they die?
- were they a creep?
- who has my old number now?
- will they love their new number as much as I did?
I feel like it was a relationship. I know that sounds like a very large exaggeration. But it was part of my identity, for 11 years. The same unique, individual phone number. Not my family’s house phone, not my dorm room land line, but mine. And now it’s gone. And I have a new one. And I feel awkwardly, irrationally, and anxiously weird about it.
(p.s. Verizon doesn’t do this because when a coworker split from her ex, she was able to come off the plan without him present. Not sure about AT&T or T-Mobile. But fuck you guys at Sprint. If you weren’t the cheapest option I would have left.)