Originally Posted by smokeonit
i like the US system better...
on top the US numbering plan... i hate the EU system where you never know howl on a number is. in the US it's clear and in pairs of 3's and one pair of 4 numbers... easy to remember...
the worst is france where the love to split up the super long number into pairs of 2's, like 12 34 45 67 89 01, ridiculous... the german system @ least has a clear area code marked with (), like (0123) xxxxxxx, italy and spain have that system too...
In the UK, numbers are all eleven digits (including area code). However, the proportion of that which is code vs number is different depending on the area. Coventry has a code of 024, so the numbers are eight digits long. New Mills has a code of 01663, so the numbers are six digits. It depends how big a population an area has, I believe: if one area code needs more phone numbers, the area code gets shorter.
All cellphone numbers are 07xxxxxxxxx. (For comparison, landline numbers start 01 or 02, premium rate numbers start 09, and there's also 08 which gets other kinds of special numbers.) People tend to chunk them differently, since there's no real distinction between code and number -- you can never dial a mobile number without using the whole eleven digits. I group 07xxx xxx xxx, because I'm used to the New Mills area code.
In theory you can work out the network someone's on from the number, but the algorithm is complex, and also people can port their number between networks. I'm on Three, but used to be on Orange, so every so often I get telemarketers targetting Orange customers.
Originally Posted by mstone
Do the tele-marketers ever call you on your cell phone in Europe? They don't here in the US probably because they know how much trouble that will cause if we have to pay for them to spam us.
Sometimes. I get one call per month on average. They're almost always from another mobile network trying to get you to switch.
The fact that all mobiles have caller ID, and few landlines do, means it's easier for people to ignore such calls.
Originally Posted by Mylene
1. The provider make a great fuss about it. You're in danger, that nobody can reach you for days or even weeks!
That's odd. When I've ported my number, I get given a new SIM card. The new card has a temporary number for a few days, and in that time my old one still works. Then, through some clever communication between the two companies, the old card gets deactivated just as the new one gains the number you're porting. It all happens in about five minutes.
Once I had a screw up where the new one got the number before the old one was deactivated, and ringing it made both phones ring. That was interesting. It went away in half an hour though.