I have had my iPhone and its number since mid-2009. Someone named Ordi had the number before me. I know this because I got so many calls for her after getting the phone. Calls from debt collectors, clients, and even family. It seems that Ordi didn’t update her number with anyone.
As time went on, and I told more and more people she did not have the number any more, the calls decreased. Every year, though, I would get a couple. All of a sudden, in September, I started getting a barrage of calls from insurance companies with quotes and updates for Ordi. Even though my voicemail message clearly outlines whose phone this is and how to contact ME, these companies were leaving messages, left and right, for Ordi, some that even included the insurance details. So much so that I started returning, or answering, the calls, and telling them they had the wrong number. None of them seemed convinced.
Much like Ordi’s family. They too have contacted me, especially her mother, trying to locate Ordi. I really have no idea where the woman is. Her mother kept telling me that this was Ordi’s phone. No, it WAS her number prior to May 2009, but it’s now MY number. Did I have Ordi’s new number? Uh, no.
Today, six and a half years after getting the phone number, I get a text from Ordi’s sister. She wants her father’s cell phone number so she can wish him happy birthday as his birthday is tomorrow. Aaack. The whole family has problems keeping up with each other. I texted back that the number no longer belongs to Ordi and hasn’t since 2009.
Do you think I’ve heard the end of this? I doubt it, but I’m getting an idea of what to do the next time it happens. I’m going to tell the caller that Ordi has gone into witness protection and will never be heard from again.