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--- Quote from: fohat.digs on Sat, 11 December 2021, 19:50:22 ---I moved (back) to a new (old) city in a different state last year and got a new cell phone with a local number.

Boy-O did that ever slam doors on me when I went back to accounts or sites that I hadn't visited in a while.
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Your cell phone numbers are geographical?!  Another strangeness of living in such a huge country I guess.  Here they were assigned by network but you can transfer your number to another network so even that isn't reliable.  I get scams aimed at users of the network my number came from which is a good flag to ignore them.  Had this number for 15 years, I still use one e-mail account that's older but nothing used them back then.  Back in those days a single word password was considered secure - good times!


--- Quote from: suicidal_orange on Sun, 12 December 2021, 02:41:07 ---
Your cell phone numbers are geographical?

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In the US numbers are 3-3-4 where the first 3 are the "area code" and the 2nd 3 is the "exchange"

When phones really started becoming common, say, after WW2, an area code was often an entire state, or a large chunk of a larger state. An exchange, back then, might serve a small-to-medium city or county (counties here are much smaller than yours). Exchanges had names, for example, our exchange was the "Walnut" exchange so our number started with "WA" (~WA6=926). When I was very young, in the 1950s, you only had to dial the last 4 digits for a local call. (Also, you could also mail a local letter with a street address followed by the mere word "City"!)

Obviously, we quickly outgrew those limits, but the exchange names lingered (WAlnut 8 (=928) was added but it was still colloquially called Walnut), but now you had to dial 3+4 instead of just the last 4.

The same thing happened with area codes. When we moved back to Atlanta in the early-1990s the entire region was in the 404 area code and you could dial 3+4. Mid-1990 the center of the metro area kept 404 but the suburbs were peeled off and changed to area code 770, and 706 wrapped around that. Now you had to dial 3+3+4 anywhere in the area. Within a very few years area code 678 was layered on top of both 404 and 770, you get the idea, you can keep layering both exchange numbers and area codes. Today, your cell phone numbers are "portable" so that you can move across the country and not lose your number.

But the "feeling" of place remains and I intend to stay in my new location permanently. So I want my number to appear local rather than have people look at it and think, "Oh, he really lives in the Atlanta area"

These e-mails never stopped and today I got one which does have my name in but says I've been charged on a card ending in a number that doesn't match any of mine.  I guess tomorrow I get the "payment failed, please enter your details" and scam is confirmed but I'm surprised how long a game they're playing - I've had at least an e-mail a week for the entire year.

John McCormick:
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