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Five digit telephone numbers
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Today I recieved a telephone call from somebody who gave their telephone number. The number had five digits not six, just like the old numbers. My questions to you are: Firstly, when did the telephone numbers change from being four digits to five, and then to six (i.e Victor Meldrew's 4291) and lastly do five digit numbers still exist? 
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Re: Five digit telephone numbers
"The Jinx" <nathan@nathanwhitington.co.uk> wrote in message news:1187295503.323658.265180@r29g2000hsg.googlegr oups.com : : Hello group, : : : : Today I recieved a telephone call from somebody who : : gave their telephone number. The number had five digits : : not six, just like the old numbers. : : : : My questions to you are: : : : : Firstly, when did the telephone numbers change from : : being four digits to five, and then to six (i.e Victor : : Meldrew's 4291) They didn't change all in one go. Numbers get changed at different exchanges at different times for different reasons. Most numbers probably changed when electronic exchanges were introduced, replacing the old mechanical Strowger stuff. That's certainly what happened here, our original 4 digit number became a 6 digit one by adding 77 to the front of it. There were certainly a handful of 5 digit numbers on the exchange at the time though, these had been gradually introduced as they ran out of available 4 digit ones. : : and lastly do five digit numbers still exist? They do indeed, you just said you received a call from one ;) There are a few, Redditch (01527) is one local to me that springs to mind. They have 6 digit numbers as well though. Ivor 
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Re: Re: Five digit telephone numbers
On Thu, 16 Aug 2007 21:33:00 +0100, "Ivor Jones"
<ivor@despammed.invalid> mused: > > >"The Jinx" <nathan@nathanwhitington.co.uk> wrote in message >news:1187295503.323658.265180@r29g2000hsg.googleg roups.com >: : Hello group, >: : >: : Today I recieved a telephone call from somebody who >: : gave their telephone number. The number had five digits >: : not six, just like the old numbers. >: : >: : My questions to you are: >: : >: : Firstly, when did the telephone numbers change from >: : being four digits to five, and then to six (i.e Victor >: : Meldrew's 4291) > >They didn't change all in one go. Numbers get changed at different >exchanges at different times for different reasons. > >Most numbers probably changed when electronic exchanges were introduced, >replacing the old mechanical Strowger stuff. That's certainly what >happened here, our original 4 digit number became a 6 digit one by adding >77 to the front of it. There were certainly a handful of 5 digit numbers >on the exchange at the time though, these had been gradually introduced as >they ran out of available 4 digit ones. > >: : and lastly do five digit numbers still exist? > >They do indeed, you just said you received a call from one ;) > >There are a few, Redditch (01527) is one local to me that springs to mind. >They have 6 digit numbers as well though. Lancaster, or at least some surrounding areas, still have 5 digit numbers, or did not so long back last time I did a job there.  Regards, Stuart. 
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Re: Re: Five digit telephone numbers
"Lurch" <myrealname@sjwelectrical.co.uk> wrote in message news:2te9c359qqckv6rgdgi2ol3smeo1pj0g97@4ax.com... > On Thu, 16 Aug 2007 21:33:00 +0100, "Ivor Jones" > <ivor@despammed.invalid> mused: > > > > > > >"The Jinx" <nathan@nathanwhitington.co.uk> wrote in message > >news:1187295503.323658.265180@r29g2000hsg.googleg roups.com > >: : Hello group, > >: : > >: : Today I recieved a telephone call from somebody who > >: : gave their telephone number. The number had five digits > >: : not six, just like the old numbers. > >: : > >: : My questions to you are: > >: : > >: : Firstly, when did the telephone numbers change from > >: : being four digits to five, and then to six (i.e Victor > >: : Meldrew's 4291) > > > >They didn't change all in one go. Numbers get changed at different > >exchanges at different times for different reasons. > > > >Most numbers probably changed when electronic exchanges were introduced, > >replacing the old mechanical Strowger stuff. That's certainly what > >happened here, our original 4 digit number became a 6 digit one by adding > >77 to the front of it. There were certainly a handful of 5 digit numbers > >on the exchange at the time though, these had been gradually introduced as > >they ran out of available 4 digit ones. > > > >: : and lastly do five digit numbers still exist? > > > >They do indeed, you just said you received a call from one ;) > > > >There are a few, Redditch (01527) is one local to me that springs to mind. > >They have 6 digit numbers as well though. > > Lancaster, or at least some surrounding areas, still have 5 digit > numbers, or did not so long back last time I did a job there. >  .... and the Penrith area on 01768, although many of the codes associated with that area are of the form 01768x followed by a five digit line number. Before anyone says it, that is NOT 01768 with a six digit number  'doesn't work like that.'  Woody harrogate3 at ntlworld dot com 
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Re: Five digit telephone numbers
In article <5ijqjvF3ookl9U1@mid.individual.net>, ivor@despammed.invalid
(Ivor Jones) wrote: > There are a few, Redditch (01527) is one local to me that springs > to mind. They have 6 digit numbers as well though. Newbury is 5/6 as well.  Paul Cummins  Always a NetHead Wasting Bandwidth since 1981 *Are you Lost?* www.lost.eu/5f4ff 
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Re: Five digit telephone numbers
On Thu, 16 Aug 2007 20:18:23 UTC, The Jinx
<nathan@nathanwhitington.co.uk> wrote: > Hello group, > > Today I recieved a telephone call from somebody who gave their > telephone number. The number had five digits not six, just like the > old numbers. > > My questions to you are: > > Firstly, when did the telephone numbers change from being four digits > to five, and then to six (i.e Victor Meldrew's 4291) > > and lastly do five digit numbers still exist? Another one is Lancaster.  Bob Eager begin 123 a new life...take up Extreme Ironing! 
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Re: Five digit telephone numbers
In article <1187295503.323658.265180@r29g2000hsg.googlegroups .com>,
The Jinx <nathan@nathanwhitington.co.uk> wrote: >Hello group, > >Today I recieved a telephone call from somebody who gave their >telephone number. The number had five digits not six, just like the >old numbers. > >My questions to you are: > >Firstly, when did the telephone numbers change from being four digits >to five, and then to six (i.e Victor Meldrew's 4291) > >and lastly do five digit numbers still exist? My dialling code  01364 (Ashburton, Devon, but it covers a huge area and several exchanges), has both 5 and 6 digit numbers. Gordon 
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Re: Five digit telephone numbers
On Thu, 16 Aug 2007 13:18:23 0700, The Jinx
<nathan@nathanwhitington.co.uk> wrote: >Hello group, > >Today I recieved a telephone call from somebody who gave their >telephone number. The number had five digits not six, just like the >old numbers. > >My questions to you are: > >Firstly, when did the telephone numbers change from being four digits >to five, and then to six (i.e Victor Meldrew's 4291) > >and lastly do five digit numbers still exist? Eh ? Are you talking about dialling codes here and not the actual subscribers number .? If so ,then here ( Glasgow) they are still four as in 0141 ,Edinburgh 0131 and I'd imagine so are a lot of places . 
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Re: Five digit telephone numbers
"Ivor Jones" <ivor@despammed.invalid> wrote in message news:5ijqjvF3ookl9U1@mid.individual.net... > > > "The Jinx" <nathan@nathanwhitington.co.uk> wrote in message > news:1187295503.323658.265180@r29g2000hsg.googlegr oups.com > > : : and lastly do five digit numbers still exist? > > They do indeed, you just said you received a call from one ;) > > There are a few, Redditch (01527) is one local to me that springs to mind. > They have 6 digit numbers as well though. Worcester (01905) has had 6 digit numbers starting 6 & 7 for many years, but the original 5 digit 2xxxx range remains. Martin 
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Re: Five digit telephone numbers
On Thu, 16 Aug 2007 13:18:23 0700, The Jinx
<nathan@nathanwhitington.co.uk> wrote: >Hello group, > >Today I recieved a telephone call from somebody who gave their >telephone number. The number had five digits not six, just like the >old numbers. > >My questions to you are: > >Firstly, when did the telephone numbers change from being four digits >to five, and then to six (i.e Victor Meldrew's 4291) Most started changing as a result of early strowger exchanges being replaced by TXE2 or TXK switches in the 1970's, although I can think of at least one instance of a UAX 13 being equipped with second selector working (Cwmavon, in south Wales, which was later swallowed up by Port Talbot TXE4) Another one was Rhosilli UAX 12 which had a nunber change when it was closed and the subscribers transferred to Gower SAX. Other examples were Gorseinon RND, which went from 4 to six digits as a result of a mult extension and Ffoerestfach Satellite Discriminator which gained a 6th digit when it was closed and transferred to Ravenhill TXE4. As you can see, the reasons for number changes were many and varied. > >and lastly do five digit numbers still exist? The only one I know of is Cullompton near Exter, but I'm sure someone will be along to add the that example!  Cheers Peter 
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