4 Ways to Find Your Cell (WITHOUT Your Landline. . .)

NumberGarage™ is dedicate to helping folks get rid of their landline bill while keeping their beloved phone number, but even we can agree that landline telephones still have one fantastically helpful use – finding your lost cell phone.

Aside from learning to stop losing it (and let’s be honest, no one’s doing that . . .) here are our favorite ways to track down the escape artist known as your cell phone without having to pay that pesky landline bill.

1. Our favorite: WheresMyCellphone.com. Just type in your number, click “make it ring!” and start running around your house. It’s free, it keeps your phone number private, and you don’t have to download yet another app.

2. The Find My iPhone and Find My Android apps both use GPS coordinates to locate your phone, which is helpful in cases a little more extreme than your average under-the-bed scenario. You do need another IOS device to use the apps, but the greatest feature is the ability to blast your ringtone at full volume, even if your phone is on silent mode.

3. Find your phone using your psychic abilities.

4. If your phone is really really lost (or stolen. . .), check out MissingPhones.org. Put your phone’s IMEI (serial number) into their database and cross your fingers that some kind soul (or the police department. . .) has found it. You can also use the site to help reunite an orphaned phone with its owner, and even pre-register your phones IMEI.

Thanks to these handy tricks, you can save yourself from cell-separation and save yourself some cash.


What’s Your Phone Number Worth?

Phone numbers are valuable! Want some proof? Here are some of the world’s most expensive phone numbers:

  India, 2007: Phone Number 978-000-0000 sells at auction for $32,000

   USA, 2009:  867-5309, made famous by Tommy Tutone’s 1982 hit “Jenny” sells on ebay for $186,853.09.

File:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg   China, 2003: Sichuan airlines pays $280,000 for 8888-8888.

   Quatar, 2006: An anonymous bidder pays the world record price of $2.75 million for the phone number 666-6666 at a charity auction.

Even if you didn’t pay nearly 3 million smackers for your phone number, you still know what a hassle it is to change your digits, or how convenient it can be to have the same home phone number for 15, 20 or 30 years. NumberGarage™ knows how valuable your number is to you, and we work hard to make sure you hang onto it!

Phoneius Landlineius

Phoneius Landlineius


Our Gannett owned local paper here in Nashville, Tennessee is the Tennessean. There was a recent letter to the editor on November 12, 2010, from Stephen Lewis of Murfreesboro, TN. He called his telephone “Phoneius Landlineius” which is a perfect name for the landline telephone. Cutting the cord is a trend that continues to gain momentum across the country, not just here in Middle Tennessee.

The current economic contraction has definitely increased the pace of landline loss and it does have major effects to telephone companies. Placing many telephone company balance sheets into a tailspin. Many people today are turning to SIP phone devices that plug into your computer or use your wifi connection for their phone needs in an effort to cut costs. NumberGarage’s customers want to keep their numbers, and then they just forward their callers to any number they choose. This is why we use the explanation of the “cloud” for where NumberGarage virtual numbers are. We have plenty of room for more numbers here in the garage.

The landline as Mr. Lewis says, is indeed a dinosaur. “Phoneius Landlineius” and the telcos that feed him have the same expression on their face as this dinosaur illustration above … fat and happy. It is a tragic situation indeed, because those who maintain the landlines today are in need of the subscribers to pay for their infrastructure.

NumberGarage advocates telephone number ownership. Our service provides confidence to number owners that their telephone number is safe, and the customer service is here to back it up.

Dangling Phone Numbers

How many telephone numbers do you have? In my family we personally have three telephone numbers: Home Telephone Number and two Cellular Telephones. We do have the home telephone number forwarding to my wife’s cell phone. We are now saving money each month, and continue to capture calls to the home phone. I recently came across a Blog posting, of a telephony expert who had the same issue, and he named his post, “Dangling Phone Numbers”.

Peter Radizeski has served in telecom since 1999, and understands telephone service providers. He wrote a Blog post on TMCnet about NumberGarage and we thought we would share that with you here.

We are amazed at the way our customers use the NumberGarage service. The feedback we receive tells us that customers today seek flexibility, and function. As we continue to focus on customer service, we know our NumberGarage customers will continue to provide unique reasons to use our service.



San Francisco Citywide WiFi

San-Franisco Map

San Francisco and the surrounding areas are very well known for being the most tech savvy part of the country, and now they have an even bigger reason to wear the crown. 1,100 bus shelters in the city are being outfitted with solar panels and WiFi, which will eventually help cover the area with citywide WiFi. All excellent news for citizens of the city.

The roof is constructed from an innovative 40% post-industrial recycled polycarbonate material embedded with thin-film photovoltaic cells. The panel powers the NextMuni display that tells people when their bus is coming, a Push-To-Talk system so blind people can hear the NextMuni information, environmentally friendly light bulbs, and free Wi-Fi. The old florescent lights in the current shelters use 336 watts; the new LED panels use only 74 watts.

“Transit shelters that use photovoltaics, LEDS, and WiFi are going to be standard in the future and I’m proud that San Francisco is once again acting like the pace car for other cities by trying and implementing these technologies,” said the mayor last week.

The first shelter to roll out is at the corner of Geary and Arguel boulevards in the Richmond District area of San Francisco.

Overseas Mobile Phone Technology

The mobile phone market is vastly competitive around the world, with Asia usually on the forefront of new and fantastic “toys” that the rest of us can’t wait to get our hands on.  The latest release from Hitachi Japan is the Hi-Vision Cam Woo, a mobile phone that will shoot 720p video right on the phone. Pretty amazing right? More specs on the new phone from AkihabaraNews.com:

Using the 3GPP2 video codec, this phone is surprisingly capable of recording in 720p. Franted you won’t get stunningly crisp video like with an average professional HD video camera, but you’ll get something superior to Flip HD. The Video Mode is perfect for simple shots with slow moving objects and people, but when panning like a maniac or recording fast moving objects you’ll get blurry video with some compression artifacts but… Just cool down a second and don’t forget we’re talking about a mobile phone, nothing else…

Those of us in the States who are mobile phone enthusiasts will just have to wait until someone decides to release some of these amazing Asian phones to our market.

Wireless Households

The CDC just released a report saying that 20 percent of households in America are now strictly wireless. Are you in one of these families? Or is keeping your home phone number that you’ve had for years the only thing keeping you from becoming all wireless? Now is the best time to forward your well known home phone number to your cell phone and save money by cutting out an unneeded service. Here are some other stats from the CDC’s report:

-More than three in five adults living only with unrelated adult roommates (60.6%) were in households with only wireless telephones. This is the highest prevalence rate among the population subgroups examined.

-Adults living in the South (21.3%) and Midwest (20.8%) were more likely than adults living in the Northeast (11.4%) or West (17.2%) to be living in households with only wireless telephones.

-Nearly two in five adults renting their home (39.2%) had only wireless telephones. Adults renting their home were more likely than adults owning their home (9.9%) to be living in households with only wireless telephones.

There’s never been a better time to dump that landline and forward your number to your mobile device!