So here’s the deal with cellphones. Apparently any cellphone with a 504 area code cannot receive calls. Now that I’m out of the disaster zone I can make calls to non-504 numbers.
I can’t access my voicemail at all (it’s a 504 based number). I can, however reliably text message people, even those w/ 504 area code. I called Sprint to see about switching my phone to a new area code. This presents problems: (1) I have to match my area code to my mailing address (note to self: quickly decide where you are going to receive snailmail); (2) I would have to switch all my kids phone numbers too, which is not a problem except that their phones immediately won’t work and I’ll have to
physically have their phone to reprovision them.
So, here’s my question: can Sprint and the other wireless carriers fix this problem soon, or is it better for everyone with a 504 area code to get a new phone number? Obviously, no one wants to switch numbers when there is no easy way to communicate the new information to friends and family.