Top 10 Fascinating Facts You Might Not Know About Phone Numbers

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You may have heard some interesting and already common facts about mobile phones on occasion. But what about the phone numbers that give you that unique mobile identity and make using your phone possible. Here’s ten great facts that you may have never heard before:

 Top 10 Fascinating Facts You Might Not Know About Phone Numbers

10. Invention of Phone numbers

Before their invention, phone calls were made by dialing the phone service first and requesting a phone operator sitting on the other end with various lines used to connect us to the person we wanted to contact. This was all fine and dandy until the process was questioned by Alexander Bell’s (the inventor of the phone himself) friend Dr. Moses. Because the town was infected with an epidemic of measles, the doctor advised initiating a new system without involving these operators for if any one of them fell ill, the others would find it difficult to understand the system and keep it running. Hence, the system of names was replaced by numbers dialed directly by the callers themselves.

9. The very first Area code

The very first area code to be established was in New Jersey in 1951, which was labeled 201. The area codes in use now are an advanced and evolved version of the “North American Numbering” plan, in which the areas were numbered according to the ratio of their population. The one having the largest was given the simplest dial code for a rotary phone and it started with codes for 90 areas. Urban areas like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago got the codes 212, 213, and 312, respectively, and whereas more rural areas were given codes like 915, 913, etc.

8. The Most Expensive phone number

666-6666 holds the record for most expensive number after being sold in Qatar for $207 million to raise money for charity. This number blows away the previous record held by 888-8888 sold in China for $280,000.

7. Apple related to 888-8888

It is said that Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, had a thing for repetitive digits. It was because of his fondness for such numbers that he sold the Apple I for $666.66. This fondness, as legend has it, also led him to buy the second most expensive number in the world. The only drawback to the fantastic phone number was the hundreds of prank calls it received every day. While most of them were not of a malicious nature, there some particularly spiteful ones that may taken a toll on any man.

6. Emergency Numbers

Different countries have various emergency numbers, for example 911 is the standard emergency number used in U.S. It was first pronounced as “nine eleven”, however the confusion of many users who searched for the “11” key on the dialer, led to it being changed to “nine one one”. In U.K, the number is “nine nine nine”; whereas Europe, you would dial 112 in emergency.

Before the system of a single number for emergency calls was introduced, people used to call the operators to direct them to the relevant emergency service. There are still some fire services in the U.S which can also be reached by dialing “3 4 7 3”, which spells “F-I-R-E”.


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59 Responses to " Top 10 Fascinating Facts You Might Not Know About Phone Numbers "

  1. Duh says:

    Wow, the grammar and sentence structure made my eyes bleed reading this. Were you drunk or just do not know English very well?

  2. Terribly written article. Learn some grammar and spelling. And what, they don’t have spell-check on your computers? Rubbish.

  3. Joe says:

    what a horrible written article. How embarrassing.

  4. TiTi says:

    I don’t think this writer’s first language is English.

  5. Tweet Afton says:

    Seems like a 5 year old child wrote this piece. Grammar and spelling lessons for you! 

  6. Jellytug says:

    Are we so hard up for talented writers that we’re outsourcing THOSE jobs to cheap overseas labor as well? 

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  8. Gabriel says:

    What a stupid, useless piece of writing! Azeema is an idiot to come up with rubbish like this. Make a BIT of an effort next time!

  9. Liza says:

    Interesting, but it was difficult to read. I don’t know half of what you were trying to say except for the phone trick thing.

  10. Wesley Kellar says:

    The grammar police should chillax.  Clearly the author doen’t speak english as a first language; save your vitriol for native speakers.

  11. Booyah says:

    Number 5 is the best! I’m talking about the writing! Some of the facts are true. Some are dubious at best. Number 7 for example I believe to be completely false.

  12. Regarding #2: No, this is not a miracle. Here’s a breakdown of the equation, with each step number referring to the instructions as you gave them. Here, x refers to the prefix of the number, and y refers to the suffix of the number.

    1. 80x
    2. 80x + 1
    3. (80x + 1) * 250
    4. (80x + 1) * 250 + y
    5. (80x + 1) * 250 + y + y
    6. (80x + 1) * 250 + y + y – 250
    6. [(80x + 1) * 250 + y + y - 250] / 2

    Now, I simplify Step 6.
    [(80x + 1) * 250 + y + y - 250]/2 = [(80x + 1) * 250 + 2y - 250] /2
                                                    = (80 * 250 * x + 250 + 2y -250) /2
                                                   = (80 * 250 * x + 2y) / 2
                                                    = 40 * 250 * x + y
                                                    = 10000 * x + y
    Since phone numbers could be read as x ten-thousands plus y, the equation you gave us will work for any number 10,000 or above so long as y is the last four digits.

  13. tyler-durdon says:

    In U.K the number is “nine nine nine” whereas Europe one needs to dial 112 in emergency.

    >> U.K. is acutally part of Europe

  14. Andrew Betts says:

    Worst writing evar!

    English isn’t your first language, is it?

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  18. Sammy Yu says:

    if u scroll down the picture looks like it comes out!

  19. Jourei . says:

    Geez…
    I came here in order to find even one interesting ‘fact’ I didn’t know about phone numbers.

    If one is not younger than 15 or something, one would most likely know this all.
    And I’m not even from the US, which this article strongly writes about.

  20. Wow, what a way to turn a first-time visitor OFF of this website. Is there anyone holding a position like “editor” here? Not only is the grammar and syntax nearly incomprehensible, several of the items are missing important details and some of the so-called “facts” are flat-out wrong!

  21. Ihateallofyou says:

    All the people complaining about grammar on this page should fuck off.

  22. jvelmar says:

    WRONG
    #10: Alexander Graham Bell DID NOT invent the telephone.

    • big ed 59 says:

      It’s an interesting story. But, the court said that (at least in the U.S.) he did invent it. As with so many “inventions”, the telephone was more like an accumulation, than an invention. Most things were! Who you think invented the telephone. microphone, telegraph, airplane, computer, television, etc. depends on where you grew up, or went to school.

  23. grammar snob says:

    Should weassume all of you are English professors?

  24. I don’t see where you all are getting all these supposed grammar and spelling problems. Yes, about 2-3 are awkward, but they are reasonable structures. I see no spelling problems. Please point out the particular errors, and then we can see whether they are wrong or not.

    I see most of the problems in the use of commas. I saw a run-on sentence, but most of what he did was right.

    His writing isn’t smooth, but I have seen a lot of rough writing these days.

    I challenge any of you to read the BOOK _Frankenstein_ and try to get past the first five pages of it. That was the roughest prose I have ever tried to read. The story is good, but it is impossible to follow.

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  26. Ben says:

    You can dial 112 in the UK

  27. This is absolute terrible article. I am disappoint

  28. 112 is indeed the number for the emergency services in Europe, but it also operates in the UK as well. Most people don’t know this.

  29. guest says:

    only north america (or even the US) uses the weird translation of numbers into words. If you didn’t grow up with it, those things make no sense to you.

  30. jamaicajoe says:

    #1 is dubious at best automated mechanical step relay exchanges did not come about until the early 20th century. In fact, some rural areas still had operators well into the 70′s. Stowe Vt for example. You did not “dial” the operator, you lifted the handset and the circuit rang down to the operator.

    Per Wiki, the commercialization of the automated exchange occurred around 1916.

    “According to legend, Almon Strowger, an undertaker, was motivated to invent an automatic telephone exchange after having difficulties with the local telephone operators, one of whom was the wife of a competitor. He was said to be convinced that she, as one of the manual telephone exchange operators was sending calls “to the undertaker” to her husband.

    He first conceived his invention in 1888, and patented the automatic telephone exchange in 1891. It is reported that the initial model was made from a round collar box and some straight pins.”

  31. David VIlla says:

    Lame from #6 onwards.

  32. karlos says:

    Alexander bell did not invent the phone!

  33. Patrick Boyd says:

    Good Lord. I never thought I’d need a translator to read Modern English.

  34. Keith McFarland says:

    It’s become incredibly obvious that this website is in dire need of an editing team. Whatever your target market might be, you’re losing it almost immediately by demonstrating such a lack of concern for the quality of your product and a tremendous concern for generating ad revenue–I use an application that blocks ads and scripts and the pages on your site take a dogs age to load as it filters out dozens of hidden scripts and unwanted ads. Some neat topic ideas and whatnot, and I am not trying to disrespect non-native speakers–for those who are non-native speakers attempting to do some work in English, good on you, it’s good experience–as long as you have an editor who works with you to show you what isn’t right or what may be technically right but awkward and unnecessary, something you are obviously lacking. The writers of this site should demand they hire a decent editor to fix copy, because this stuff is a mess, and while there may be a few who don’t see this as a problem, there are far more who will be put off by your lack of attention to quality in your product and frankly will feel insulted that you expect anyone to waste time consuming it. Hire editors. Stop believing that editing is dead and resurrect it, because you prove the desperate need for the profession to be revived and revered.

  35. Bust Engrish says:

    For to entertain you this, quality of article being of top in your eye of mind. Transparent correction for your English scrutiny must be available in case of use with number for credit card. Enter please now.

  36. Timoteo says:

    I would not criticize your English skills. In America they are still considerably above average. I just wonder why there was no mention of the old mnemonic prefixes, why there is no “Q” or “Z” on the keys (does not apply to cell phones) and why the number 1 never had letters.

  37. Aaron says:

    *facepalm* about the “magic trick” (item #2)
    Let A be the 3-digit prefix and B be the 4-digit trailing number.
    The formula given is: ((((A*80) + 1) * 250) + 2B – 250) / 2
    If you simplify this formula, it becomes A*10000 + B
    So, for 555-1212, you get 5550000 + 1212. Yeah, OBVIOUSLY this will give you the phone number. :p

  38. carlos says:

    Dialing was not invented by Bell or Moses, but was invented & patented by Mr. Strowger in 1897, he was an undertaker suspicious of phone operators stealing customers to him. Stwoger exchanges were in use well until thwe end of 20 century, and some dialphones are still in use today.

  39. Mark Shariar says:

    Most people here complaining about the English Grammar are
    nothing but ignorant, illiterate, Red Neck So called White Tea Baggers, Republicans,
    shameful disgusting creatures on this Planet earth, they should not be calling
    themselves human at all, these are not even people, these creatures are real notorious
    to the mankind!! Those idiots even do not know that there are many other languages
    on this planet earth or there many other race or nation or countries do exist
    beside those idiots! These people are so ignorant that they still think the
    Planet is flat and it is center of the Universe!! Why don’t you cock suckers
    write or speak in Sanskrit or Mandarin or Korean, when you are so genius, you
    idiots! Get a life and get educated little more instead of finding people error
    in between the lines. These ignorant are telling people that the Planet is only
    Six thousand years old! These kinds of people are real evil and true barrier
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    Tea Baggers do you even know what is the definition of language?? Language
    evolves and creates a new language. Language is just a meaning of communication.
    English is the youngest language in our time and no, everyone does not speak English
    and they do not need to speak English!! You Idiots go back to the Stone Age and
    live in the cave you freacken ancestors of Neanderthals.

    You ignorant dirty narrow minded low class creatures are just
    simply destroying this planet by your Greed!

  40. explorelove says:

    Most people here complaining about the English Grammar are
    nothing but ignorant, illiterate, Red Neck So called White Tea Baggers, Republicans,
    shameful disgusting creatures on this Planet earth, they should not be calling
    themselves human at all, these are not even people, these creatures are real notorious
    to the mankind!! Those idiots even do not know that there are many other languages
    on this planet earth or there many other race or nation or countries do exist
    beside those idiots! These people are so ignorant that they still think the
    Planet is flat and it is center of the Universe!! Why don’t you cock suckers
    write or speak in Sanskrit or Mandarin or Korean, when you are so genius, you
    idiots! Get a life and get educated little more instead of finding people error
    in between the lines. These ignorant are telling people that the Planet is only
    Six thousand years old! These kinds of people are real evil and true barrier
    for the human civilization; these are the crooks prevented humanity to grow
    over thousands of years! Example they killed Hypeshia in Egypt 293 AD, these
    are the people destroyed all human progress and burn the whole modern Library
    and dump the civilization in the garbage of the History!! You Idiots freaking
    Tea Baggers do you even know what is the definition of language?? Language
    evolves and creates a new language. Language is just a meaning of communication.
    English is the youngest language in our time and no, everyone does not speak English
    and they do not need to speak English!! You Idiots go back to the Stone Age and
    live in the cave you freacken ancestors of Neanderthals.

    You ignorant dirty narrow minded low class creatures are just
    simply destroying this planet by your Greed!

  41. explorelove says:

    Most people here complaining about the English Grammar are
    nothing but ignorant, illiterate, Red Neck So called White Tea Baggers, Republicans,
    shameful disgusting creatures on this Planet earth, they should not be calling
    themselves human at all, these are not even people, these creatures are real notorious
    to the mankind!! Those idiots even do not know that there are many other languages
    on this planet earth or there many other race or nation or countries do exist
    beside those idiots! These people are so ignorant that they still think the
    Planet is flat and it is center of the Universe!! Why don’t you cock suckers
    write or speak in Sanskrit or Mandarin or Korean, when you are so genius, you
    idiots! Get a life and get educated little more instead of finding people error
    in between the lines. These ignorant are telling people that the Planet is only
    Six thousand years old! These kinds of people are real evil and true barrier
    for the human civilization; these are the crooks prevented humanity to grow
    over thousands of years! Example they killed Hypeshia in Egypt 293 AD, these
    are the people destroyed all human progress and burn the whole modern Library
    and dump the civilization in the garbage of the History!! You Idiots freaking
    Tea Baggers do you even know what is the definition of language?? Language
    evolves and creates a new language. Language is just a meaning of communication.
    English is the youngest language in our time and no, everyone does not speak English
    and they do not need to speak English!! You Idiots go back to the Stone Age and
    live in the cave you freacken ancestors of Neanderthals.

    You ignorant dirty narrow minded low class creatures are just
    simply destroying this planet by your Greed!

    Why People are so ignorant?

  42. Ahmer Ghausi says:

    If you don’t appreciate someone’s work then fuck off and stop criticizing others. I don’t understand why people thinks that they are greater then everyone…..

    Jerks….

    If there are mistakes then you can correct them by teaching the correct ones in a good manner, at least try to teach your children how to appreciate others if you want them a wise person otherwise…

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