Getting spam texts and calls on CELL PHONE number now.

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    Nov 10, 2015 4:26 PM GMT
    Never got one on my old number. But when I changed cell numbers from a (917) area code (traditional cell phone area code) to a standard area code (516) it turned out to be pre-owned.

    I get "wassup" personal texts from people thinking they're reaching a "Rachel" (I tell them to email Rachel to get her new number).

    Every day I get at least one promotional text for something like Japanese hair straightening blowouts, makeup or concert tickets.

    Now I'm getting robocalls from debt consolidation companies.

    Am I answering my own question when I ask:

    Is the only way to stop this to get a new cell number?


    And if so, can one get a number that was never pre-owned?
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    Nov 10, 2015 7:22 PM GMT
    I have tried to protect my cell number, and kept the land-line as a "decoy" number. (It also carries the DSL signal) Any form that requests a phone number gets the decoy. But there are a few companies that have gotten through because I used to use the cell as my business number. You need to start with a "clean" number and be strict about letting it out.

    I suppose one could try using the "Burner" app for a decoy number.

    My office number is getting pretty spammy now, but I pretty much have to keep it public. I've thought of adding "extensions" to it, so that a live person has to select an extension to ring through.

    It might be really hard to get a "clean" number in NYC, whereas there are lots left in little towns like mine. Maybe you need to go to, like, Wyoming and buy a new cell?
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    Nov 10, 2015 7:47 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidAnd if so, can one get a number that was never pre-owned?

    Good question; I have no idea but I suspect that you cannot since it's all automated.

    Another question, related to mindgarden's idea of a Wyoming number, is can you ask for a number in an area code that's in Wyoming or some sparsely populated area? I'm thinking that the downside to that is if you have friends or family calling you on their land line where it could be a long distance call. I can't think of any other downsides.
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    Nov 16, 2015 2:12 AM GMT
    you should change your cell# every year, along with your credit cards and passwords. Talk to your cell phone company and chances are they will do it for free. Careful they dont extend your cell phone contract tho. All phone#'s have a wait time before they are re cycled.

    i dont answer calls that are not in my contact list. Let them goto voice message instead.
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    Nov 18, 2015 9:48 PM GMT
    I use the CallControl app on my android smartphone. It has a database of numbers that are automatically dropped to voicemail or dumped (your option). You can also add numbers to a personalized blacklist, and they'll be rejected.
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    Nov 19, 2015 12:43 AM GMT
    if you're using android try a free app named Mr Number. Have it on both of my phones and it works great