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It may be your phone, but do you own the number?

Columnist David Lazarus answers your consumer questions in this one-minute video.

Psi is wondering: Who owns phone numbers? The customer? The phone company?

He said he asked his service provider but couldn't get a straight answer.

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It's an interesting question. Federal law provides for "number portability," which means you can take your number with you if jump, say, from Verizon to AT&T.

But that doesn't necessarily mean the number is yours. Nor does it mean it belongs to the phone company.

So where does the buck stop? Check out today's Ask Laz video.

If you have a consumer question, email me at asklaz@latimes.com or contact me via Twitter @Davidlaz.

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