How to Change Your Phone Number—and Keep Your Old One, Too
It just takes some planning, and help from Google Voice
Like a lot of people who grew up with cell phones, I’ve had the same number since I got my first flip phone. The digits got me through high school, college, and several stints studying and working abroad, plus nearly a decade of journalism on both coasts.
During those nomadic years, I liked that my 206 area code tied me to my beloved Pacific Northwest hometown, even when I was thousands of miles from Seattle. But now that I’ve settled in a city where I intend to stay, the old digits feel a bit less like a warm souvenir and more like an outdated relic. So, recently, I went hunting for a local number.