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How to get the phone number that I want?

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How to get the phone number that I want?

When I go to the option to change my phone number, I can only select the city and then the screen will randomly populate with a series of phone number. Is there a way to specifically check whether the area code and phone number is available with any of the carriers?
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You could call the carrier and ask them
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Which carrier b3cause with Fido & Koodo their self service allows me to go through a list and with Koodo you can select the LAST FOUR digits.

It took me about a few days to get 3177. As long as it's 416 or 647 I'm good.
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Generally at most you're going to be able to see if the last 4 numbers are available.

Carriers are allocated blocks of numbers known as NPA-NXX (area code + prefix). For example, a 403-561-xxxx number would have been assigned to Rogers, so no other carrier can provide that number range (number porting means that a customer COULD being their Rogers line with that number to another carrier, but if it got abandoned down the line, only Rogers could re-assign it.

This is the main reason you won't get a choice of numbers outside of the last 4 digits.
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Is the number of your choice worth $21?
VoIP.ms has many (DIDs) to choose from, easily searchable. Find the one you want, port it out to your carrier. It'll cost you the $15US initial deposit, no charge for the porting (takes about a week).
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Telus' online number changing allows you to search through pretty much all available numbers.
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