I just got a pitch from the Spring Ambassador program for a free phone and free calling and data for 6 months. I am like cool (some how I have landed as a tech somebody cause only those folks get free phone offers). I can transfer the number that is only good in the bay area to this new phone and get out of the MetroPCS getto that I am in. All of you who know I have 2 cel phone (one for the bay area one for outside) will be happy to have me be integrated back on to one phone.
I write them asking that I have a phone number I have be used. They write back and say:
Because of the way the Ambassador phones are set up, you are unable to change the phone number of the phone for the duration of the 6 months. However, you are able to transfer your existing number to the phone after the 6 month period, if you wish.â€¨Thank you,â€¨The Sprint Ambassador Team
Notice they didn’t even sign their names…so much for having a real market conversation between people. I am just talking to their “team.”
It proves how dumb the phone system is. If these guys can’t figure out how to technically give me my phone number to use it doesn’t do me a whole lot of good. In terms of identifier management it just adds to the complexity – not decreasing it.
Hopefully they will figure this out and let me use my own number.