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The Cost of Changing Your Phone Number

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August 25, 2009

The Cost of Changing Your Phone Number

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor

About 26 percent of people have had more than 20 different contact phone numbers during their lives and 70 percent of people have lost contact with people as a result of changing their telephone number, a new survey conducted by Voxbone (News - Alert) shows.

About 82 percent of respondents would like the option of having a telephone number they could take with them and keep for life wherever they moved in the world.

“It seems crazy in this day and age that people are still regularly forced to give up and change a vital part of what identifies them to other people just because the majority of the telecoms industry still deals with its customers in a way that is line-focused rather than based around the individual.  The fact that we are still tied to country codes doesn’t help either," says Rod Ullens, Voxbone CEO.

“As the world population becomes increasingly migratory, phone numbers need to evolve to reflect users’ changing expectations," he says. "There’s a new geography being created that's about local presence and global relationships rather than distance or national borders."

"People no longer consider themselves tied down to a single location and don’t expect their phone number to be either,” he says.

Voxbone is the first company to offer iNums (international Numbers), a new kind of global phone number that works anywhere in the world.

Voxbone provides iNum numbers for free to carriers and service providers.

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Gary Kim (News - Alert) is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Gary’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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