TLDR: Phone stolen. Need to get back same Taiwan phone number. How?
I had an unfortunate boxing day last week. I had my phone stolen while travelling in South America.
Note that I’m no longer in Taiwan, and left more than a year ago.
Unfortunately, I tied my Taiwan number to an app (Telegram), and I believe the easiest way to recover the account would be to get the Taiwan number again so I can do a SMS verification.
It was a ChungHwa Telecom prepaid number. I still have the SIM, but I believe its been deactivated as I haven’t used it in a year.
I tried calling the number, and I got the message that the phone number is “incorrect”, so I’m assuming it’s unassigned at the moment and should be free.
Is it possible to get back the same number, if I buy a new SIM? Is there a process of selecting a specific phone number? Do the numbers get recycled back to the same carrier?