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Question Regarding Area Codes.

by mjcxp / March 16, 2005 7:03 AM PST

I ordered a Cingular phone. I just received an email with a phone number and the area code for the number is 217. Where I live the area code is 309. Have you ever heard of a cellular provider giving you a different area code then where you live??

Thanks

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Question Regarding Area Codes.
by dave1973 / March 16, 2005 10:08 AM PST

Are you in a part of 309 that has Cingular Wireless service? If so, did you sign up for service at a dealer in the 217 area code? The dealer may have signed you up for 217 instead of 309. I don't know how assigning phone numbers for a specific area code work when going through a dealer. Maybe it's determined by where you signed up for service at.

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / March 16, 2005 11:29 AM PST

Another thought...In some areas, there are multiple area codes for the same calling area. An example would be Miami, FL, Atlanta, GA or Los Angelos, CA. I don't know where you are.

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by PhoneDepot / March 18, 2005 3:18 AM PST

Area Code Break down:
309 - W Cent. Illinois: Peoria
217 - Cent. Illinois: Springfield

It indeed does happen. There are several areas in major cities that the area code has to be changed to meet the demand of phone numbers.

At one point when working in the NY area nextel ran out fo phone numbers and had to provide people with upstate NY numbers and then connecticut numbers after that. They were willing to replace the numbers as they became available.

I would suspect that your problem is either a similar situation or a clerical error. Call up Cingular and ask, also ask about a $36 service charge for changing your number if they change it. They should if it was an error credit it back to you, but make sure to mention this.

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / March 18, 2005 9:35 AM PST
In reply to: Area code issue

If you were mistakingly assigned a wrong phone # (ie a non-local phone #), Cingular will waive the mobile # change charge. Make sure you make that clear if you call in.

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