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(Wired)   Phone numbers get to two digits longer, harder to remember   ( divider line
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21204 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Feb 2003 at 8:21 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-02-19 08:25:25 AM  
If I had to get two more digits, I would hope that they would be big toes.
2003-02-19 08:26:35 AM  
I don't think it would be that hard to remember. Jesus, look at all the shiat we have to remember everyday, what's two more numbers?
2003-02-19 08:27:15 AM  
I seem to remember a news story about this problem. One of the biggest culprits were corporations who would buy up phone numbers in blocks of 1000 and never get around to using all of them (but never releasing them back to the phone company, either).
2003-02-19 08:29:10 AM  
If I can get used to overlay area codes, I can certainly get used to this. I might not like it, but I can certainly get used to it.
2003-02-19 08:29:51 AM  
All of mine are in my mobile 'phone. I can just about remember 2 numbers - home, and Goatgirl's.

Telephone numbers are soo just then anyway - it's just casual sex and drugs nowadays that the kids listen to.
2003-02-19 08:30:28 AM  
Last time I tried VoIP it was a joke -- even between two broadband connections. Has it gotten any better?
2003-02-19 08:32:32 AM  
A couple of years ago, the company I worked for experimented with VoIP, giving the IT staffers all VoIP phones. I thought it worked rather well, and I considered it a pretty good idea to implement. I left the company before they finished their testing and never found out whether they implemented it to the rest of their staff or not.
2003-02-19 08:34:13 AM  
867-5309-99 - Jenny's New Number
2003-02-19 08:34:22 AM  
It's not that big deal.
2003-02-19 08:35:04 AM  
Dialing 10 digits for a local call is already annoying, but I got used to it. That just required using the area code for all calls. Two more numbers will be even more annoying, but we'd get used to it.
2003-02-19 08:35:30 AM  
Long distance is getting so cheap that there's going to be no demand for VoIP.
2003-02-19 08:37:00 AM  
That's it, I'm going back to two cups and string.
2003-02-19 08:38:01 AM  
Maybe its just me, but VoIP doesn't need a telephone number or can even use the number you already have. I just don't see this number crunch happening. Heck in a few years there will be one number for each person, and not multiple, reducing the total number usage.
2003-02-19 08:41:22 AM  
Has anyone tried $40.00 flat rate unlimited local and long distance. Just curious how well it works...
2003-02-19 08:41:51 AM  
This means all of those annoying Alf, Carrottop, Hulk Hogan phone ads are going to be 7.6% longer because of the extra numbers they'll need to spout off. Crap.
2003-02-19 08:43:12 AM  
If you use a calling card, you are already dialing over 20 digits. This will be a boom to phone manufacturers as new phones will have to be bought for the 2 extra digits to be programmed into the memory/speeddial.
2003-02-19 08:44:04 AM  
Actually, my Nextel can already accept more numbers than 10 for speed-dials...
2003-02-19 08:44:42 AM  
carrottop is the kind of ugly that makes you want to tear out your eyes, throw them onto the floor, stomp on them, burn the remains, spread the ashes into the ocean, and then choke yourself to death with a bungee cord while frantically stabbing your groin with the sharp, jagged remains of a rusted aluminum soda can.

(taken from retro crush)
2003-02-19 08:44:43 AM  
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2003-02-19 08:44:45 AM  
Damon_Ryde: Do you work for
Just curious.

Is this linked farked, or am I farked?

With all the phone books in cell phones, who needs to remember numbers anyway?
2003-02-19 08:45:14 AM  
Can not remember a 12 digit number,

pfft, hopeless. When Australia was in Base Camp for the Upton Park match against England, the local Soccer Broadcasting Service put up the Fax number of the Hotel at which the Australians were staying. It had 16 numbers including international code, country code, local code and 6 digit fax number. It was on for all of about 30 seconds, i can still recall it, no problem. All in memory technique.

12 digits, easy peasy Japaneasy.

2003-02-19 08:48:56 AM  
Two more numbers would actually make things easier for me to remember. Break it into threes.

2003-02-19 08:53:03 AM  
Just think of the possitive side:
2003-02-19 08:53:35 AM  
"Originally a hacker's tool to make free long distance calls"

Ahem. That's PHREAKER, not HACKER.

/assinine computer nerd
2003-02-19 08:53:58 AM  
I bet telemarketers are against this. They can't leave the old numbers in place for long once 10 digit is implemented so EVERYONE would end up getting a new number, even if it was something as simple as your old number plus 2 digits at the end. But think about those poor telemarketers unable to know my new number for at least a week....those poor poor basterds...
2003-02-19 08:54:22 AM  
Media sucks.
Technology media really sucks.

Take one facet of daily living that means zero impact to 99.99999% of the normal, regular population who can deal with two more numbers just fine, and treat it like the earth is belching hobgoblins and God has turned his back on you.

Jesus H Christ what a bunch of self-aggrandising nonsense.

This is nothing by which to be shocked, though. After all, it was the technology media that first said two digits would be the end of society when the year 2000 was approaching. And we all know that they were absolutely right. Hell some parts of society are still recovering from that nightmare.
buz [BareFark]
2003-02-19 08:54:42 AM  
Well if they want to be REALLLLY proactive, why stop at 12?
Hell, lets make a nice 40 digit #.
It can be your encyption key!
2003-02-19 08:55:13 AM  
VoIP is a couple years away from being mainstream.

Trust me on this.
2003-02-19 08:55:43 AM  
Be proactive! Think outside the box! Synergize! Feng Shuify!
2003-02-19 08:58:15 AM  
Hi Buz,

now 40 numbers is a challenge, about 32 to 35 is my best effort with about 30 seconds reading. 40 is a real challenge.

2003-02-19 08:58:18 AM  
I use Vonage and it rules. The sound quality is better than my local phone company was. I wrote a big review of it here. It's worth dumping your current phone company for. I've only had it about a month now but I'm guessing I'll be saving around $200 a month by using it since I don't have a local or long distance bill anymore.
2003-02-19 08:59:13 AM  
Something tells me that we won't find ourselves in a situation in which you need to get a new number and are told, sorry, but you'll have to wait for one to free up.
2003-02-19 08:59:29 AM  
i'm sooo bored... what's up? slow news day?
2003-02-19 08:59:45 AM  
Won't someone please think of the telemarketers?!?
2003-02-19 09:01:13 AM  
I'm always thinking about the telemarketers...but only in terms of how many different kinds of sweet vengeance I wish to exact for their criminal invasion of my privacy and their ceaseless harassment tactics.
2003-02-19 09:02:11 AM  
Let's see - my Social Security Number (which, theoretically identifies me as a Unique U.S. Person) is nine digits. And we need 12 for a phone number? Something is wrong here.

I remember the days of click-n-bang technology, when I could call Grandma (in the same city) with a mere five digits. How wonderful all this new tech is that I'll have to carry around a pocket computer, more sophisticated than those that worked the moon landings, just so I can remember everyone's farking phone number.
2003-02-19 09:04:51 AM  
The pop up attached to that page was written so poorly it redirects the browser to a non-existant website. Time to reinstall popup stopper.

2003-02-19 09:05:20 AM  
"Just ring 36 24 36 hey - I lead a life of crime"
"I got your number on the wall, for a good time call"
"This is the United States calling will you accept..."
"Roll me in designer sheets I never get enough"

This is a test - should you actually be able to see this post, I will have been released from banishment. If not, then I'm just typing to myself & wasting more time....

Thank you. Carry on. Nothing to see here.
2003-02-19 09:05:30 AM  
In the county i live in (Oakland County, MI)we have to dial the area code for every call we make....even to call the next door neighbor. Very annoying, but you get use to it pretty fast.
2003-02-19 09:08:26 AM  

Yes, area code overlays are the way they're solving numbering issues right now....the Philly area now has two overlay area codes, IIRC; Manhattan has at least two as well.
2003-02-19 09:09:23 AM  
Phoney McRingRing: "Scientists have revealed that even monkeys can remember 10 numbers. Are you stupider than a monkey?"
Wiggum: "How big of a monkey?"
Phoney: "Of course you're not."
(The End)
2003-02-19 09:09:31 AM  
Wasn't worth it.
2003-02-19 09:09:44 AM  
IP on Everything. I predict that within 10 to 20 years most everything will transmitted over an IP network, TV, Phone, and Radio.

Utility companies in some parts of the USA are receiving meter readings via wireles IP networks now.

This is really cool. I can't wait till the day when I can telnet into my toaster. :-)

/techno rant
2003-02-19 09:11:44 AM  
One of the biggest culprits were corporations who would buy up phone numbers in blocks of 1000 and never get around to using all of them.

You're on the right track Henchman, but the bigger offender is actually the phone companies. Each local company gets its own prefix in chunks that are 1000 numbers big. Many realize how this is tearing through area codes. In Minnesota about 8 years ago, 612 was the entire middle third of the state- then the Twin Cities, then 1/2 the Twin Cities, now it's basically just the city of Minneapolis.
2003-02-19 09:12:25 AM  
And I am a non-tag-closing retard.
2003-02-19 09:16:30 AM  

Tell me about it. :
I remember when 215 was the area code for just about all of SE PA. I was working at a book store when they cut over the western suburbs to 610; we had all these giveaway items that had the wrong number listed on them. My friend worked at an ISP, and they had to get a new number that happened to be the same as a news tip hotline, except for the area code. For years afterward they kept getting calls with news tips...some rather chilling.
2003-02-19 09:17:31 AM  
That we are running out of phone numbers does not surprise me one bit. Not too long ago a phone number was attached to an address. Now a phone number represents an individual.
2003-02-19 09:19:13 AM  
I'll just stick to emailing on company time. Cheap, easy, wonderful...
2003-02-19 09:20:40 AM  

offers unlimited LD for ~$20/month. heard good things about them...
2003-02-19 09:24:33 AM  
So what happens when we need to change the IP addressing scheme when it runs out of numbers? That task might make adding two digits to phone numbers look like a walk in the park.

/Vote Quimby
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