I still had my Oakland phone number and my California driver's license. I could still technically call myself a Caliporteña. (Porteños are what the people in Buenos Aires are called.) Then Vonage started to raise their rates. I didn't really make enough calls to justify paying so much money for something I didn't use that much. I looked around at other services - Skype, Yahoo. I made excuses. The reality was I didn't want to give up the phone number that I had had since 1984.
Then one of my friends told me about Magic Jack. You have no idea how many times I went to that stupid website. "This is MAGIC, THIS IS JACK" How annoying. I could never buy that product, simply because of how annoying their website was. Famous last words.
Business analyst that I am, was, and will be for the rest of my life, I began to investigate it. I could have five years of calls and the unit for less than Vonage cost for one year. It didn't make sense. Especially when I thought in pesos. "But," I would tell myself, "I would have to give up my phone number and how would people find me?" Totally stupid. About the only people who call me are "CALL INDIA" and telemarketers for all kinds of junk.
Finally I told myself to stop being stupid. The cost-benefit ratio of keeping Vonage sucks. Inflation is worse everyday in Argentina. A phone number is no justification. Besides, I could get another California number. In Oakland even.
I made the plunge. I bought a Magic Jack and 5 years of service. Then came the day of reckoning. I had to register and select my phone number. I immediately selected the 510 area code. I hated all the prefixes. I went to 415. I tried a couple and they were not available.
"This is stupid," I said to myself. I brought up area code 305 and selected a prefix that seemed easy to remember. Painless. In one mouse click I lost another piece of my California identity and I haven't looked back. It was just a phone number. Now I am studying for my Argentine driver's license.