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The problem of area codes

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geek11111:
Multi area code for one single city is pretty uncommon outside NANP. Outside NANP, telephone numbers will be adding one digit, instead of crazily introducing new area codes.
Multi area code makes people need to dial and say three more digits EVERY TIME you need to dial or say a number.

jeffandnicole:
So it's 2 more digits: 10 instead of 8.  Takes 0.3 seconds. 

And that's if you're typing a number in, rather than clicking on the person's name on a phone.

geek11111:
The best chance for NANP to upgrade to 8-digit (for populous areas) is 1990s
This is the time all the needed splits had been done, making every area code reasonably sized.

For example, when 917 was being introduced to the big NYC area (both 212 and 718), it’s a better idea to upgrade 212 and 718 into 8 digits, so that no any changes will be needed until the foreseeable future.


Arizona’s best chance to upgrade to 8 digit is when 480 being introduced to further split 602 (after the 520 split), so the AZ will have only two area codes until today (and maybe forever).


About the “random” way to assign new area codes after 1995, when the ones with 0/1 in the middle exhausted:
It’s better to assign new area codes based on geographic. For example, 220-289 for New England, 820-879 for the Pacific, 950 to 989 for islands


The long distance prefix should also be changed to 0 and 00, from 1 and 011. This makes 1XX area codes and local phone numbers starting with 1 possible. Area codes ending in repeating digits can be migrated to 1XX then. The number for operator long distance call 0 could be 100 then.


geek11111:

--- Quote from: jeffandnicole on September 03, 2023, 01:03:10 AM ---So it's 2 more digits: 10 instead of 8.  Takes 0.3 seconds. 

And that's if you're typing a number in, rather than clicking on the person's name on a phone.

--- End quote ---


That’s way more than 0.3s.
There’s usually a full stop between every three digits.
In eight digits, there would be one fewer stop (1s) than ten digits, you can group it into two 4 digits. one additional digits costs you 0.3s. This turns out to be a net save of 0.7s.

Max Rockatansky:
So basically a nominal non-problem for almost everyone outside this forum?

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