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Windows 7: Area Code For Local Calls

09 Mar 2011   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Area Code For Local Calls

I was about to call my telephone service to complain that each time that I tried to place a local call, that I got a recording instructing me to dial the area code first. I figured for sure that there was something wrong at their end of affairs.

But I just received a shipment from UPS, and the driver mentioned that it was lucky that someone let him in the building, because the call box didn't work. Asking about that, he said that it was marked that it had to be reprogrammed to add the area code. Because of my surprise, he explained that this became necessary since this last Saturday. This leaves me wondering if this is just where I live, or nationwide? I don't understand how this helps the telephone company any, it has worked well as it was as long as I can remember.
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09 Mar 2011   #2
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

67 views in 10 hours, and no one can say at least whether this is in effect in their own local area?
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09 Mar 2011   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

In Greater Phoenix, Az there are 3 area codes for local calls 602, 480, 623 . You have to dial the 10 digit number for a local call because many of the 7 digit numbers are duplicated and available in each local area code. The original 602 area code ran out of available numbers, so they added 2 more local area codes. With all the cell phones nowadays, phone numbers are getting used up rapidly.
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10 Mar 2011   #4
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

In days of yore, they would add a new area code when things were nearing capacity but still try to maintain a geographical distinction between them. In other words, you could tell which city someone lived in solely by their area code. For instance, where I used to live in Northern Virginia it was all 703; the rest of the state was 804. Some smaller states had one area code for the entire state. (This may still be true, for all I know.) If they did run short of numbers they would shrink a couple of regions geographically and plant a new region and code in the gap created, meaning that someone who had had the same number for 40 years might suddenly have a new area code. Needless to say, people who got shifted felt shafted.

This got to be an even bigger problem when Fax machines were all the rage 25+ years ago and started sucking up more of the available free numbers. Then along came cell phones. So many people were getting forced into new, different area codes that it got to be a real headache, both for the people involved and the phone company. Then some bright soul got the idea of interleaving area codes, leaving geography out of it altogether. The good news was that once you had a phone number it was unlikely to ever change again. The bad news was that you might have to dial all ten digits to call your next-door-neighbor, even if he was in the same area code. If your neighbor was in a different area code then you obviously would have to do that anyway. For a while back in Virginia the deal was that you only needed to dial seven digits for same-area-code calls. When they moved everybody to ten-digit dialing, all the time no matter what, lots of people complained about having to "dial long-distance" to call across the street. They also added the "1" prefix (1-xxx-xxx-xxxx) so the automatic switchboards new right off the bat that it was going to be an actual long-distance call, and not just a standard (local) ten-digit local call.
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10 Mar 2011   #5
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

We have had to dial the area code for some years here. They have split our area and we all got a new area code many years ago too. With all the cell phones and such, they are running out or numbers. Have they recently added a new area code near you? I see where Santa Clara country (Silicon Valley), is adding a new area code. This is from the article, this is the evolution of the Bay Area's area codes:

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10 Mar 2011   #6
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

My area code is somewhat different than most, because it covers the largest area in the nation. The reason for this is that it was the means settled on for the telephone company to pay their customers back for massive overcharges that they were responsible for, as determined in court. The entire state is covered by only 2 area codes, and the town that I live in is in the middle of one of them.

This new policy sounds as though they are preparing to start splitting up the area codes, for reasons similar to those mentioned above, but that would go against the previous court settlement, because it would effectively make local calls cover a much smaller area. Whatever the reason, it is a hassle that I wish was not required.

I also hope that the apt management where I live reprogrammed the call box yesterday, because I have another package that should arrive today, and if UPS has trouble getting in the door, I'll probably have to go across town to pick it up.
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10 Mar 2011   #7
richyrichuk

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit
 
 

ever thought of putting your mobile number on for UPS? solve this problem. its only a case of the correct area code.
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10 Mar 2011   #8
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

That might work...if I had a mobile number.
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10 Mar 2011   #9
richyrichuk

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit
 
 

just thought u may have had 1 considering there are more mobiles than people now. thats all. an not sure about the US. but in uk can get a sim card for free or 99pence and a 2nd hand phone for virtually nothing off ebay if u dont care about the age, so very little u can have a mobile.
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10 Mar 2011   #10
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Actually, I have a cell phone, but I don't know if it still works, it has been in the closets for several years now. It is simply that I usually have no use for it.
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