Area codes

Discussion in 'Lunatic Lounge' started by Jeslek, Sep 17, 2002.


Do you dial the full 10 digit telephone number for all calls?

  1. Yes

    16 vote(s)
  2. No

    0 vote(s)
  1. Jeslek

    Jeslek Banned

    Interesting question came up, and being in the telco industry I was just wondering...

    Do you dial the full 10 digit phone number everytime you make a call, even if it is in the same area code? I do. Even though I'm in 905, I always dial 905, even if the call is local.
  2. PT

    PT Off 'Motherfuckin' Topic Elite

    Only dial the area code when it is long distance, otherwise just the seven.
  3. unclehobart

    unclehobart New Member

    yes... you have to in a major city where you have multiple small and dense area codes piled up on one another.
  4. Jeslek

    Jeslek Banned

    Well guys, its a good rule to keep anyways, whether or not you are in a big city. Its easier on the exchanger and faster too :)
  5. PT

    PT Off 'Motherfuckin' Topic Elite

    Not quite true, Kansas City, for instance, has two area codes, 816 on Missouri side, 913 on Kansas side, but since the KC metro area is all local, you still only have to dial the 7 digit number for anywhere in KC, Kansas or Missouri. I think it just depends on the city.
  6. fi

    fi New Member

    In Athens, you have to, now. It used to be that you could just dial the seven-digit phone number, but now you have to punch in 010 all the time as well...
  7. halamikage

    halamikage New Member

    Just the simple seven when you're calling on island (our definition of a local call) but anything off island is considered to be long distance then its 1, area code and number.
  8. Jeslek

    Jeslek Banned

    You never ever need to dial the full 10 digit number, provided it is not a long distance number within the same area code, and you are dialing the same area code.

    For example, if you are 905-555-1212 and dial 905-555-9876, if it is long distance you HAVE to dial 1-905-555-9876. If it is local, it would be preferred if you dial 905-555-9876. But you CAN dial 555-9876 but only if it is not long distance.
  9. PT

    PT Off 'Motherfuckin' Topic Elite

    Now it used to be around here, if it was long distance, but within the area code, you dialed 1-555-2356, now you have to dial the area code as well, for any long distance call.
  10. Shadowfax

    Shadowfax <b>mod cow</b>

    Edit: I don't live in North mistake :D
  11. Jeslek

    Jeslek Banned

    Thats nuts lol

    BTW fi, I'm kinda only talking about North American Numbering Plan... I don't quite know the ITU standards.
  12. PT

    PT Off 'Motherfuckin' Topic Elite

    Well, when I was a kid, if you were calling the same town, you only had to dial the last four. Owensville was the last 5 up til about 5 years ago.
  13. Jeslek

    Jeslek Banned

    Yes I know, although the standards have been there for years, only now are they starting to enforce it.
  14. fi

    fi New Member

    this I know... I was making a gentle point ;)
  15. Jeslek

    Jeslek Banned

    Thanks, ma'm :)
  16. Justintime

    Justintime Guest

    11 digits here :eek:
  17. Jeslek

    Jeslek Banned

    Actually, anything from 2 to 20 or something. It makes me nuts to code for the International community, no standards whatsoever.

    Example: (these are area codes guys!!)

    0115932 - Ilkeston, Derbyshire
    0121379 - Birchfield, Witton
    01382581 - Lundie, Angus

    Then you have 3 digit area codes, 2 digit ones, 4 digit telephone numbers 8 digit phone numbers, etc. :errrr:
  18. Luis G

    Luis G <i><b>Problemator</b></i> Staff Member

    Local calls are always 7 or 8 digits, depending on the city. Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey have 8 digit local numbers, the rest is 7.

    All calls made in the "county" are considered local.

    To call to another city you dial: 01-(area code)-phone number.
  19. Nixy

    Nixy Elimi-nistrator Staff Member

    HA! I can now prove you wrong and show McMaster students are smarter!

    You DO sometimes have to dial all 10 numbers even if it's local! In Brampton you have to dial all 10 even when calling another 905 local number, the same is true here in Hamilton (the area code is also 905, though it is long distance from this 905 to the Brampton 905).

    From my understanding that was true for ALL 905 areas but I don't know for sure about that. I DO know for sure that sometimes you DO have to dial all 10. If you call across town here (Hamilton) you have to dial all 10 or the call won't go through, same is true for Brampton!
  20. Jeslek

    Jeslek Banned

    I always dial 905 because its the way you're suppose to dial. :shrug: Bell might be on crack, I'm not sure if they implemented the full specifications.

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