Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


374 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 18


Topic # 164442 10-Feb-2015 04:00
Send private message

Hi,

I was considering getting an easier to remember number for my mum so was looking at what carriers provide the option to choose your own number. But I don't want to pay much, and she's not a heavy user. So any carriers which only provide this for postpaid customers (E.g. Vodafone, Black & White) are likely out of the question as even if I only sign up for 1 month on a no term contract, I'll probably be paying $39 or something.

So far, the options I'm aware of are 2degrees who provide it for free for the first number (+ cost of SIM card if you don't have one) and Skinny who provide it for $5 (+$2 cost of SIM card if you don't have one). Are there any other options I'm missing?

Also, slightly the wrong forum since it's Skinny specific, but does anyone know what sort of numbers Skinny has available? I can't seem to find any info unlike I can for 2degrees (I also have a 2degrees prepay account so can check for my self specific nymbers).

Cheers

Create new topic
13620 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2456

Trusted

  Reply # 1233819 10-Feb-2015 05:45
Send private message

Paying for a number?  I have never heard of that. Spark has numbers in a range. If a new customer joins Spark, we issue a number from that range of unused, available ones, excluding disconnections made in the last x amount of time. A customer may ask for an easy number so the CSR could check for a xxx3344 type number. Some cultures like some numbers and not others, China for example likes 8 but not 4. But never heard of paying for a number. You could not choose your own, although you could try and if it was available, yes.

Happy to be corrected. 

400 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 137


  Reply # 1233822 10-Feb-2015 06:11
Send private message

Paying for number was big when i was in the UK 6 years ago. You had classifications gold silver bronze etc with gold numbers like 12345678 going for thousands of pounds.

When I arrived in NZ and got a Spark (TNZ at the time) cellphone they let me pick one for free, I had my date of birth as last 6 digits, it was free and available so they gave it to me.

Had it ever since. 





13620 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2456

Trusted

  Reply # 1233823 10-Feb-2015 06:14
Send private message

PoHq: Paying for number was big when i was in the UK 6 years ago. You had classifications gold silver bronze etc with gold numbers like 12345678 going for thousands of pounds.

When I arrived in NZ and got a Spark (TNZ at the time) cellphone they let me pick one for free, I had my date of birth as last 6 digits, it was free and available so they gave it to me.

Had it ever since. 


Yes, if you chose a number and it was available,  you will get it



374 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 18


  Reply # 1233828 10-Feb-2015 06:39
Send private message

Are you referring to prepaid customers? I couldn't and still cant find any info on how to choose your own number on prepaid with Spark. (Although I didn't find any info confirming it wasn't possible like I did with Vodafone, in fact couldn't even really find much about doing it on postpaid.) I do have a Spark SIM (on my mum's phone actually) although haven't set up My Spark yet. But I wouldn't have though there'd be some info online about this, like there is for 2degrees and Skinny, particularly if it can be done online.

If it's postpaid only, the cheapest no contract plan for Spark seems to be $39. As mentioned in my first post I don't have need for postpaid, and this is significantly more than Skinny's $5 (+$2 for SIM) or 2degrees free (+whatever for SIM, I actually already have a 2D sim which is my mum's old number although am not sure if I'll use it as I may keep the number just in case). So yes, Spark is effectively going to be charging me a lot for the service so they're not something I'd consider. The fact the service is technically free is irrelevant if I can only do it with a $39 one month fee.

If it can be done on prepaid on Spark but you have to call customer service I guess I might still try, but it significantly limits the usefulness. With 2d, and I presume Skinny, I can easily check online for many different numbers and find one that my mum will hopefully be able to remember. I don't want to spend an hour on the phone with a CSR while they list out different numbers. I'll probably try a few key options, and if they're not available stick with Skinny or 2d.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.