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Do you like goofing around with telephony? Can you dial UK or US numbers?

Have fun with my Very Useful and Cool phone lines!

Dial:
+44 3 333 404 420 for PR Gnus
+1 (412) 40-69-141 for some music from the Windows XP new-user tour software
+44 1337 515 404 also for Windows XP
+44 1337 895 386 to hear random hold music - a great number to give to telemarketers!

@maffsie wow, I’ve never seen someone format a US phone number quite like that before.

@fluffy I mean, it’s to show there’s a 69 in the number

@fluffy also it frustrates me when people format uk numbers weirdly, but mostly there’s a 69 and I’m very immature

@maffsie I have no idea what the proper UK format is or why your numbers are so heckin long in the first place considering how tiny your country is compared to the US

@maffsie well okay I guess they’re 10 digits same as here

But still that’s a lot of numbers

@fluffy our numbers are prefixed by type and then area code

+44 1 and +44 2 (01 and 02) are local landline numbers, +44 3 (03) are national rate non geographic numbers

+44 5 (05) is for personal VoIP numbers

+44 7 (07) is for mobile phones

+44 8 (08) is for hotlines and stuff, some freephone, some not

+44 9 (09) is premium rate numbers

I forget what 04 and 06 are for

@fluffy for local numbers, it varies depending on size of area, so 01337 is Ladybank, Scotland, while 0141 is the much larger area of Glasgow, Scotland

02XX numbers are mostly english

@maffsie oh that’s actually sensible. I assume you’ve read the US numbering plan, which cannot even be summarized in a toot (and the current plan isn’t even as complex as it was before it was simplified in the mid-90s)

Even more fun: parts of it are actually not specified, there’s just some de facto standards, some of which emerged for the benefit of television and movies (like the “555” fictional exchange).

@maffsie the mid-90s switch was also really hard for people to get the hang of, at least where I lived, even though it made dialing more consistent.

Oh do you folks have a distinction between local and long distance dialing? That’s still a fun ambiguity here that a lot of folks get weird about.

@maffsie like here when I give someone my number I always include the area code but some people are like “yes OF COURSE 206” but like very few people I know here actually have a 206 number unless they grew up here

Plus there’s the whole “206 good, 425 bad” thing

@fluffy I don’t know which area either prefix is, I just know the number format

@maffsie 206 is Seattle and 425 is other nearby cities, but like this is a general thing where folks in the city get snobby/elitist about the area code, like you’re a lot cooler if you’ve got the proper local prefix. This happens basically everywhere I’ve lived.

It’s especially prevalent in New York where anyone who’s anyone has a 212 number.

@maffsie anyway my point just being that the classic numbering plan still lives on in ways that make Americans get weird

@maffsie Me and my friend called the u.s. number and it worked

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