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Some Californians set to begin 11-digit dialing
The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | July 23, 2006 | Dan Laidman

Posted on 07/23/2006 4:15:21 PM PDT by South40

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1 posted on 07/23/2006 4:15:22 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

It all started with the damn ZIP Codes. Now the end is near!!


2 posted on 07/23/2006 4:17:41 PM PDT by Mark (REMEMBER: Mean spirited, angry remarks against my postings won't feed even one hungry child.)
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To: Mark

We still have speed-dialing/auto-dial.


3 posted on 07/23/2006 4:19:36 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: South40

We've been doing that in Houston for quite some time. Looks like California is behind the times. :-P


4 posted on 07/23/2006 4:20:22 PM PDT by SaveTheChief ("Now if you'll excuse me, I have some idea balls to remove from a manatee tank.")
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To: South40
They're running out of phone numbers. Hence a new overlay in California.

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5 posted on 07/23/2006 4:20:24 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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“Some of the carriers were screaming they didn't have numbers, and here it's been seven years and nobody's been denied a telephone number in the 310 area code.”

There's a reason for that. The dramatic growth in computer-based communication in the last 10 years (e-mail, instant messaging, teleconferencing, etc.) has rendered the fax machine nearly obsolete. This has slowed down the growth in demand for new phone numbers in most metropolitan areas.

I'm not even sure why it's such a big deal for people who don't like this 11-digit dialing anyway. So many people place phone calls these days using pre-set/memory dialing that pressing each individual digit is becoming a thing of the past, too.

6 posted on 07/23/2006 4:22:14 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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SoCalPing


7 posted on 07/23/2006 4:26:21 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: South40
Then there's the prestige factor.

Pffft.

8 posted on 07/23/2006 4:27:17 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SaveTheChief

I think we started doing this in Dallas back in about '98 or '99.


9 posted on 07/23/2006 4:28:02 PM PDT by basil (Exercise your 2nd amendment - buy another gun today)
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To: SaveTheChief
The outlying Chicago areas had that in the mid 90's
10 posted on 07/23/2006 4:28:13 PM PDT by The Brush
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Totally stupid, they should make all numbers 8 digits and they increase all of them by 10 million.

I remember when they did it in Los Angeles from 6 to 7 digits to increase the numbers.
11 posted on 07/23/2006 4:29:01 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: South40

Wonder why they have to dial 11 digits. Here in Houston, with three area codes (713, 281, and 832), we still only have to dial 10.


12 posted on 07/23/2006 4:30:29 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: SaveTheChief

I live just 22 miles from the center of Houston and all calls to Houston are long distance. Even the next town, only 5 miles away is long distance.


13 posted on 07/23/2006 4:30:40 PM PDT by encm(ss) (USN Ret.)
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To: South40
Consumer activists and politicians mobilized against the plan, however, and in 1999 the California Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 to halt it. At the state's behest, phone companies found other ways to conserve numbers. Typical of the California leftists to force private corporations to accommodate them.
14 posted on 07/23/2006 4:33:53 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: South40

*Yawn*

We've had 10-digit dialing in Orlando since 1999, when we got our second area code (321) to join the previously existing 407. I thought California was supposed to be ahead of the rest of the country in everything.


15 posted on 07/23/2006 4:34:32 PM PDT by Berosus ("There is no beauty like Jerusalem, no wealth like Rome, no depravity like Arabia."--the Talmud)
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To: Xenalyte

You might have three area codes, but if you don't need to dial 11 digits all the time this means that these area codes still have some kind of geographic basis. In places where area codes are "overlayed," a new area code is introduced that includes places that already have their own area code -- and the new area code is used for all new phones from that point on. So a home with two different phone numbers could theoretically have two different area codes for its phones.


16 posted on 07/23/2006 4:43:57 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Xenalyte

I have to dial the 1 first from landlines but can do straight 10-digit dialing from a cell phone.


17 posted on 07/23/2006 4:46:47 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: encm(ss)
It's worth noting that a phone call isn't necessarily "long distance" just because you have to dial an area code. Between local and long distance calls there is another category called "regional" calls, which are outside your immediate area but not far enough away to involve a separate phone carrier.

The opposite is also true. There are some rural parts of the country where an area code covers an enormous region, and many calls within that area code can be "long distance" if they are made to points that are far away.

18 posted on 07/23/2006 4:47:40 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: South40

Growing up in Colorado in the 70s, we only dialed 4 numbers. Many folks still had party lines.


19 posted on 07/23/2006 4:49:59 PM PDT by TankerKC (┐JosÚ puede usted ver?)
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To: South40
Californians to be required to dial 11 digits each time they pick up the phone...

Brrrring... "Hello? Hold on, I have to dial eleven digits."

Communication skills today are atrocious.

20 posted on 07/23/2006 4:51:08 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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