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September 7th, 2021 at 1:14:19 AM permalink
Area codes 718, 347, and 929 - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_codes_718,_347,_and_929
For the first 37 years after the establishment of the North American Numbering Plan in 1947, all of New York City was a single numbering plan area (NPA), area code 212.
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September 7th, 2021 at 8:18:33 AM permalink
One of the San Francisco area splits caused me an additional inconvenience.

(my phone rings)
"Hello?"
"Who is this?"
"By any chance, are you trying to call Hayward, CA?"
"Yes"
"Dial 1 first!"

Before I moved, my phone number was 415-925-xxxx. In the 1990s, the 925 area code was split off from 510 to handle the eastern part of the Bay Area between Oakland and San Jose. At about the same time, my area changed to require 1 in front of all numbers that included area codes, so somebody trying to call 925-892-1xxx (somewhere in Hayward) from the 415 area code without adding the 1 first got me instead.

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September 7th, 2021 at 8:40:12 AM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy


"Dial 1 first!"



I worked at a place where we were giving our 800 number and the woman training us kept telling me to say "1-XX" which I just never gave because it was so obvious. I wanted to give her the example of Rush Limbaugh to his call screener.

Being radio is a one-sided conversation.

"No, I am not going to tell them to dial '1' first."
"What do you mean I should?"
"Because if they do not know to dial '1' before the number they are too stupid to be on the air!"

My thought was if they did not know to dial '1' first they were too stupid to get a car loan.
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September 7th, 2021 at 8:50:27 AM permalink
Someone should start one on zip codes? Were they ever split off? Maybe so, but so long ago that none of us was around?

It's interesting also how Ireland has no postal codes. Lot of African countries too.
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September 7th, 2021 at 9:14:09 AM permalink
Zip codes were only put into general use around 1964.
Before zip codes, my grandmothers address was 217-XX 10X Ave, Queens Village, New York 29
After it was 217-XX 10X Queens Village 11429. All zip codes did was put the post office code -114 with the route code 29 to form 11429

On Long Island, as an example, we used to have lots of farm land. Huntington used to have hundreds of acres of farms. As the farms disappeared and new industrial parks arose, new zip codes were created. When Newsday, the regional paper, moved from Nassau County out to Suffolk, it was able to get it's own zip code. It was the first business I knew of with it's own zip code.
The World Trade Center had it's own zip code. The replacement shares its zip with other buildings nearby and the old zip is currently not in use. The Empire State building has its own zip code. Rikers Island- NYC's jail, has it's own zip code. Dodger Stadium, in LA, has its own
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September 7th, 2021 at 9:17:34 AM permalink
Quote: MDawg

Someone should start one on zip codes? Were they ever split off? Maybe so, but so long ago that none of us was around?link to original post

Don’t kid yourself. We were around.
But I’d be interested in a 3 digit prefix map. I’ve looked occasionally for years.



Quote: MDawg

It's interesting also how Ireland has no postal codes.link to original post

Wait a sec…
The place where the streets have no name, doesn’t use postal codes either???
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September 7th, 2021 at 9:21:20 AM permalink
Two questions not originally asked:

1- Why was NJ given 201?

2- When / what was the first to have a digit other than 0/1 in the middle?
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September 7th, 2021 at 9:25:30 AM permalink
Other stuff I remembered:

Most (all?) codes where the 2nd and 3rd digits are the same are reserved. 8xx are all toll free.

For this reason, Las Vegas was denied 777 as an overlay. (Fun fact: Cape Canaveral uses 321.)
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September 7th, 2021 at 9:44:06 AM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy


Before I moved, my phone number was 415-925-xxxx.

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    I'm assuming it's someone else's number now.
    No hard feelings. It's just a bad idea to have this page pop up when someone is trying to figure out if the extended vehicle warranty call is legit or not.
    May the cards fall in your favor.
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    September 7th, 2021 at 9:46:52 AM permalink
    Quote: MDawg

    Someone should start one on zip codes? Were they ever split off? Maybe so, but so long ago that none of us was around?


    It depends on what you mean by "split off." If you mean that part of a 5-digit code became another 5-digit code, I think it happened quite a bit when they added four digits. A lot of post offices got their own ZIP codes to handle their post office boxes.

    I remember when a post office opened up and my ZIP code switched to the new post office's code, but this was about 50 years ago - but I am guessing this still happens every now and then.

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