>Don wrote:
>
>> I sat in on a Y2k presentation this a.m. and a side item that the vendor
>> mentioned was that area codes were going to be increased from 3 to 4
>> digits in the near future.  This was news to me...  Anyone have any hard
>> info and dates on this??
>>
>> Don in DC metro
>>
>
>I'd would be rather skeptical of that rumor.  With all the hassles caused
>by the
>NANP (North American Numbering Plan) expanding to use previously reserved area
>codes, going to a 4 digit area code would be a disaster.--
>Kirk R. Yates



We already -have- a 4 digit ea code:   1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx.  In the 'old
days,' you didn't -have- to key the leading '1' because area codes always
had '0' or '1' as the middle digit.

Now, with the 'improved' system, we have to dial the leading '1' to
indicate long distance.

I can forsee the day when the ng didgit becomes any digit.  The
switchingmputer will have to count the digits you dial:  7 is a local call,
11 is long distance.

And all this so I can have 2 phone line, a cell phone, maybe an ISDN line,
and a beeper.  That's 4 numbers for 1 person.  Maybe MCI's 'One Number'
system that forwards calls from phone to cell to beeper is what we'll need.

--Paul E Musselman
PaulMmn@ix.netcom.com


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