How to Choose Your Own Mobile Number

by Hollan Johnson
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In most cases it is not possible to pick your own cell phone number from scratch. However, many cell-phone providers, like Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless, allow customers to choose a cell-phone number from a list if they want. You can also transfer your old cell-phone number to your new account in many cases as well. The only way to find out if you can choose your own cell-phone number is to contact your service provider.

Step 1

Call your service provider or go online to your service provider's website. If you want to change your service provider, contact the new service provider by going to its website or calling.

Step 2

Ask a representative if and how you can select your own cell-phone number from a list of numbers. If it is a new service provider, ask how to change your service and select a number. Also ask if you can transfer your old phone number to your new service, if you want to.

Sign onto your account on the website or create a new account. Select the new phone number you want from the list of available numbers.


  • You may have to contact your service provider if you want to change your phone number for an already existing service.


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About the Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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