Can a Cell Phone have the location for the number changed?

The user received an iPhone from corporate.  Problem is that the phone number is associated with a 'sketchy' location.

When he makes a cell to cell phone call, the name of this town can show up on the receiving cell phone (if he's not in their address book), and this is not good for his type of work.

They called AT&T, and after a long time between techs, AT&T basically said that this is the way it is.

Will any of the following work:

Switching the number to Verizon?
Getting a new number for the phone with a desired location, and then using a call forwarding service to have old calls re-routed to the new number.  At least in this scenario new outbound calls would have an identifier that he likes, and calls to the old number will transfer over. What would callers to the old number see?
Is there any way of getting AT&T to change the location ?

Thanks.
computerlarryAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The phone company is not going to change the location of the number. As far as I know, these are tied to area codes (where I live at any rate).

I suggest you take the middle option. Find a number you like and forward the calls to the phone.

My location does not come up when I call people and I do not see the location of people who call me. Just the area code.
lherrouCommented:
computerlarry,

The location is tied to the area code and the next three digits. It's antiquated, since we no long use phones that way, but that's the way it is. So, AT&T has no control over that, and keeping that number but switching to another provider (such as Verizon) will not change that.

Based on that, your only option is to change the number, and have calls to the old number forwarded to the cell.

>> What would callers to the old number see?
Incoming callers don't see caller ID information, so that won't be relevant. Callers who have the old number, when the user calls them, will get the new number with the new location. If they call the user on the old number, they won't see anything other than the number they called (and the user's name if he's in their address book).

Cheers,
LHerrou

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@computerlarry  - Thanks and I was happy to help.
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