A cell phone with a 212 area code?
This article from the Wall Street Journal last week – The Landline That Refused to Leave – reminded me of a question that many friends and colleagues ask me, “how did you get a cell phone with a 212 area code?” About 4 to 5 years ago when I moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn, I took advantage of the FCC policy that enables consumers to take their landline numbers with them when they move and transfer them to a cell phone number. The “Local Number Portability” policy also enables cell phone users to transfer their numbers between cell phone providers so that they can keep the same phone number. So, thanks to the FCC, I have enjoyed one of the most sought after area codes on my cell phone. The article highlights that nearly 16% of the US population lives like me with only a cell phone and no landline. And the trend indicates the percentage will increase. But, the WSJ article indicates, that some individuals and families (luddites perhaps?) opt to keep a landline because of poor or spotty reception and cell phones are not always charged when you need them to be. How many of you have taken advantage of the FCC’s policy? Do most Americans even know that you can move a landline number to a cell phone or even cell phone numbers to another cell phone provider?