Suggestion: Being able to pick your new phone number in the App


#1

Just a quick suggestion I’ve been meaning to post.

I did search beforehand as I thought for-sure this must have already been mentioned, but I couldn’t find any posts where it was.

Every other cell service provider I’ve ever had has given the option of picking from a few random phone numbers when you sign up for a pre-paid/normal cellphone plan. I was very surprised when I did not get to pick my new # and was automatically assigned one. Not that it mattered much to me, but since all the competition offer the small convenience, why not RW?


#2

Although the system automatically assigns a number at activation, you can use the “Change Number” functionality to change your number and at that time select the area code and first three digits of the number.


#3

Hi @TribalMethods,

I’ll revisit this topic with our engineers, but the last I heard, the way numbers are assigned to us (as a company), we have no control that would allow for us to let you pick the last four digits.


#4

I’ll add, the first two times one changes their number with Republic as described by @louisdi, there is no charge for doing so. Details are here: Change My Phone Number – Republic Help.

I understand and respect you are making a request for a feature enhancement with Republic. That said; in case you or anyone else reading wants more control over number choice and is willing to go to some additional trouble, one might obtain a number from Google Voice or NumberBarn, then transfer that number to Republic. Google Voice numbers are free but require a one-time $3 fee paid to Google not Republic to unlock for transfer out. Obtaining a number from NumberBarn is not free (price varies on perceived desirability of the number) but no charge to transfer out.


#5

Ahh yes, I should have assumed that there was a reason you guys had not already implemented that feature.

Thank you for the information. I know other people I refer to RW will definitely put it to use. I personally am not picky about my number :smile:


#6

My thought is most of these folks would want to bring the number they already have? Either way when planning to transfer a number to Republic, one will want to verify it will indeed transfer. That’s done here: Switch to Republic | Republic Wireless. Just scroll about halfway down the page. It’s wise to check, particularly if one might be going to the expense of obtaining a number specifically for transfer to Republic.

@southpaw is one of the “guys” as in staff, I am not. Like you, I am another customer merely providing some information I hope might be helpful to some. :slightly_smiling_face: