Reconnect with Your Childhood Phone Number

What was your phone number growing up? Do you still have it memorized?

NumberBarn customer Chris from Oregon shares his story about finding and purchasing his childhood phone number. We couldn’t believe it either! Read the story, in his words, below:

In 1982, when I was 11 years old, we moved to a small town in Southern New Mexico and were given our phone number when we got our phone service. Back then, all of New Mexico had area code 505. We had the same phone number all through my teenage and college years. My parents had that same phone number until 2007, when New Mexico received a second area code (575). Instead of “overlaying” the new area code on the existing one, New Mexico did a “split”; and the Albuquerque/Santa Fe/NW New Mexico areas got to keep the original area code while the rest of the state had to change their area code to the new one. My parents had to change to the new area code, but got to keep the same 7-digit phone number they’ve had since 1982. They still have that number to this day.

In late 2017, I was looking at changing my phone number. I had seen on the internet some information about websites where you can buy phone numbers and “port” them to your line. That’s how I found NumberBarn. I got onto their website and started playing with their search engine to see what numbers they had available. The website is easy to use and allows you to search for any number configuration you might want.

For fun, I looked up the 7-digit phone number that my parents have and the first result that popped up was our actual, original phone number … with the original area code. I was amazed to see my childhood number available for purchase on the site. And it was only $5. I immediately purchased it. It’s great to be able to own my childhood number.

NumberBarn has been great to work with. They were always there every step of the way when getting my new number ported to my cell phone line. They respond quickly to any questions or concerns you might have. They are very knowledgeable about the process of porting phone numbers and are very willing to work with your phone service provider to ensure a quick/smooth transfer. The website is very user-friendly. I love their search feature. If you have an area code or number configuration in mind, you can do a search on their website and can find a lot of numbers available. Don’t forget to use the asterisk (*) as a “wild-card” when doing your search, if you need to. It can help you in your search. Most of the numbers are quite inexpensive, as well.

I was lucky and found the very number that I once had … and although I think that the chances of getting the exact number you are looking for might be small, you’re likely to find something that is close (especially if you are open to having a number from a different area code).

A word of advice … have patience when porting your new number from NumberBarn to your phone service provider. It takes some time (a couple of weeks, roughly). My service provider botched the port process the first time and had to do it again … taking a month to get the new number transferred over. This had nothing to do with NumberBarn, however; and the NumberBarn team jumped right in and worked with my phone provider to get it done right the second time around.


Big thanks to Chris, for sharing this story with us!

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Jenny Dempsey

Jenny Dempsey is the Customer Experience Manager for NumberBarn