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Started by mark9564, January 15, 2015, 10:55:04 AM
Quote from: mark9564 on January 15, 2015, 10:55:04 AMCan somebody tell me how the old phone numbers worked with a name and then a number after it (plaza7-1262 or Englewood -1480) ? Im sure there was some type of logic behind this , I just cant figure it out.Thanks
Quote from: rp2813 on January 21, 2015, 01:57:52 AMI'm going on instinct about how it worked with mechanical switching, but am pretty sure it was something like, if your number was AXminster 6-1234, you could drop the "AX" digits and just dial the last 5 of the party you wanted if they were also an AXminster number. However, if you were calling someone served out of the same office but on the CHerry exchange, say, CHerry 3-1234, I think you'd have to dial all 7 characters. And vice-versa. They are under the same roof and share the same CO, but they are different exchanges.It has been decades since the alpha-numeric numbering system was abandoned, but its relics still exist today within the various telcos across the country.
Quote from: andre_janew on January 21, 2015, 01:10:01 PMToday, you couldn't dial a 5 digit number and expect the call to go through, even if the first two were the same as your own. You must dial the entire 7 digit number.
Quote from: unbeldi on January 21, 2015, 01:52:21 PMdialing seven digits around here gets you nowhere