I want a fresh start.
I need advice.
Setting the Stage:
I currently have an old 2016 Galaxy J36V that has a number I’ve had since I was at least 14 (about 7 years ago or more) with Verizon. It’s dropping calls and out right not receiving most calls. The battery levels goes wonky, I could charge it to a 100 but place it down hard and it drops to 89, or it’s charged well above 50 but shuts down randomly. All is to say I can not keep this phone for much longer.
I also have a Pixel 4a running LineageOS that I got installed by Rob Braxman (technically his BraxOS) with no number or service attached to it. Currently used as a photo and video storage (holds no meta data by default)
I just bought/received straight from the google store (sue me I wanted a specific color) a Pixel 6 using a google account I plan on deleting soon but is currently tied to the aforementioned phone number.
I plan to run CalyxOS on it and possibly with their unlimited mobile hotspot and get a work number through silent.link.
I want one number for family/friends, one number for work, and a VoIP/Pseudo number for Authentication.
Ideally not attached to my ID initially.
I understand family/friend putting my real name in their contact list will most likely ruin that with the 1st number but I plan on figuring out how to set SMS encryption as default and slowly moving my family off of Whatsapp.
I will mostly use the 2nd number as the number attached to whatever VoIP service that is recommend to gain the third number since the 2nd number will mainly be put down in contacts under a work/business name.
Considerations & Questions:
My current and only number is probably very heavily tied to my IP that the ISP has years of data on and I do NOT want that history anymore. Plus I’m sure that number is spread all over the internet from forgotten accounts and company databases. It’s registered under my parents phone plan so (I think) my info/ID isn’t directly tied to it via the phone service (I know rando companies have it linked).
Thus I never owned a number or plan linked to my ID.
I have an opportunity here but I have no real working knowledge of how ISP and Phone services work.
Can I get a new number through Calyx unlimited hotspot plan that is T-Mobile only or do I need to get both of my new numbers through silent.link? Does silent link have phone plans or just numbers? Can you have a number without a plan?
(I am very new to adulting as you can tell)
Or can I do some combination of the two? Is GoogleFi a legit option since it has access to every cell service towers so I don’t have to worry if T-Mobile is strong in a certain area when I travel a lot for work? Or is that a stupid worry?
Is dual sim for both numbers on the Pixel 6 wise? Or is it better to say put my new personal number on the Pixel 4a and my work number on the Pixle 6?
Should I even get a new personal number? Is any history attached to my current number not much of a worry even if I am counting on my threat level increasing soon.
Will simply getting off my parents plan not associate my number with the previous history under theirs like it would if someone else got my number?
Maintaining the new set-up:
VPN and public Wi-Fi discipline will help with keeping a new and clean history.
I also understand Hotspots use a local area IP address that multiple customers are using at once if on hotspot as well (correct me if I’m wrong) so using a hotspot is better than using home Wi-fi when VPNs become inconvenient w/ certain sites.
Give me ALL your advice & suggestions please!
I feel like this is such a simple problem but I’m not well versed in how phone services work and I learn quicker engaging with humans than reading article after articles.
Whatever I end up doing to set this up properly will be the foundation of privately setting up content creator accounts and online businesses as a public figure.
I anticipate my threat level increasing due to the work I want to do and the content I want to put out.
I would love to get this right the first time or at least start this off strong on the right foot.
@Henry I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to your privacy series on content creators and businesses to drop. I am happily waiting patiently tho.
For now, I’m very glad you made this discussion forum to outsource theses kinds of things and be able to bookmark it for easy reference!