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Don't lose friends
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When you change you phone number, you text as many people as possible to tell them your new number.

However, invariably, you'll miss someone out and/or there will be organisations who need your new number.

That's where MyNewNumber.com would be helpful. When you change your phone number, you register both your old number and your new number with the website. If someone rings the old number and gets an unobtainable tone, they could then think to check your number on MyNewNumber.com.

Typing in your old number would lead to a result page; "Yes, the owner of 09789 476 456 has changed their number to 07778 484 4848."

Of course, if you don't want people to know your new number, you won't register on the site. It could be hosted by one of the mobile phone companies who are trying to poach new customers from rival networks.

Fishrat, Jun 10 2004

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[Fishrat, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       Like FriendsReunited, this would only really work if everybody knows and uses the one site (granted FriendsReunited does work because somehow it has overcome this problem). Given the amount of directory sites out there, MyNewNumber may be redundant as you can update your phone number instantly online with the usual directory sites (we have around five here in the UK). However, it is a problem when changing numbers - especially for a business. Maybe an automated message on your old number giving your new number - a service that could be leased for three months?
wagster, Jun 10 2004

       //granted FriendsReunited does work because somehow it has overcome this problem// ...which kinda makes it not a problem.   

       //you can update your phone number instantly online with the usual directory sites// Is there a UK directory for mobile numbers? I've never seen one. Maybe you could post a link?
Fishrat, Jun 10 2004

       Great idea, would work, maybe people could pay a nominal fee to use it there fore making it attractive to some web geek to design it. One issue, it would be a very useful database for telemarketers. Maybe u could build in some security whereby a user trying to find a persons new number has to enter the old number and the persons name.
bmarkos, Jun 10 2004

       I was about to autobone, but after reading, this is a unique, simple and cheap idea, nice one [Fishmeister].
neilp, Jun 10 2004

       A simple way to do this with current mobiles is to change the recorded message on your old phone to tell people your new number.
engineer1, Jun 10 2004

       engineer1 - you're right of course, but that's dependant on both phonelines remaining in contract. MyNewNumber.com might be more useful after a couple of months, when your old phoneline has gone dead.
Fishrat, Jun 10 2004

       yeah, not saying i wouldn't use the system you proposed just that you can do it in a workarround manner now.   

       Heck given that i kept my previous mobile number for several years it would be great. amazing how many numbers is stored ceased to work, and the number of people who had my old number.
engineer1, Jun 10 2004

       I think it's about time we all be assigned phone numbers from birth, right on our birth certificates. "You are number 6."
RayfordSteele, Jun 10 2004

       //"You are number 6."// Linky.
Fishrat, Jun 11 2004

       //I think it's about time we all be assigned phone numbers from birth, right on our birth certificates. "You are number 6."//   

       How do these people always get the wrong number? I've had this one since birth and it's a one frikken digit number. +
sartep, Jun 11 2004

       steering this back on topic, the best soloution would be for your new mobile provider to divert calls to your old number to your new number. Could work on the same principal as the post office's mail redirect for when you move.
engineer1, Jun 11 2004

       But few mobile companies would want to give you a helping hand in changing networks, shirley?
Fishrat, Jun 11 2004

       Only problem is, friends you *wanted* to lose can now find you.
phundug, Jun 11 2004

       Ok. So when you are born, you are assigned a SSN and a permanent phone number. That way you would be less inclined to create bad debts.
Jscotty, Oct 24 2005


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