FromTony Langdon0:0/0.0Date Write2018-06-28 13:34:00
ToMichiel van der Vlist0:0/0.0Date Arrived2018-06-28 07:40:13
SubjRe: The 000 country phone number hoax
-=> On 06-27-18 13:05, Michiel van der Vlist wrote to Tony Langdon <=-

MvV> Here the areas are much smaller, usually a radius of some 10 km. So for
MvV> the mobile phones it is a dire necessity to be able to always dial
MvV> including the area code, since most of the time you do not know in
MvV> which area code you are.

Area codes are now one or more entire states:

02 - NSW and ACT
03 - Victoria and Tasmania
04 - all mobiles
07 - Queensland
08 - WA, NT, SA.

Prior to the 1990s renumbering, area codes probably had a 30-100km radius in
the eastern states, larger in sparsely populated areas.

MvV> Before the advent of mobile telephonie, it was sometimes a guess when
MvV> in a payphone in the middle of nowhere.

MvV> Originally (<1980 or so) we hade a second dialtone between the area
MvV> code and the subscriber's number. One had to wait for the second dial
MvV> tone. When the area code was dialled from within the area, one got a
MvV> busy tone.

That was different. We could always dial the whole number, but there were
still some manual exchanges back in the 1980s, which often had a long area
code, then you'd have to talk to the operator on the far end to get put through
to the final number. I think they were all converted to automatic by the end
of the 1980s, as newer, more compact digital exchanges became available.

MvV> The first change was that the second dial tone was still there, but one
MvV> did not have to wait for it any more. The second step was to do away
MvV> with the second dial tone. The third step was to always allow dialing
MvV> including the area code. The fourth step was a major renumbering
MvV> operation (ca 1995) that made all numbers ten digit. Though ommiting
MvV> the area code for local calls was and is still possible for the "fixed"
MvV> lines.

We only had two of those stages from memory here. The big renumber in
Australia was also around 1995. In many rural areas, the old area code (minus
the 0) became part of the local number, and the statewide area code (in our
case, 03) was added in front, while in Melbourne, where the area code was
already 03, the numbers were 1 digit short, and a "9" was inserted between the
area code and the local number to bring them up to the 10 digit format.
Similar happened in other regional and capital city areas, with the respective
area codes. The digit added in other capital cities did vary (I think Brisbane
added a 3).

MvV> Also the international access code changed from 09 to 00 and servive
MvV> numbers starting with 00 (operator, time, ect) were changed to numbers
MvV> starting with 1 or 09.

The service and information numbers were all organised a bit better.
International dialing was always 0011, from what I can recall.

MvV> I have two "fixed" lines. One from my main ISP. It is a region
MvV> dependant number with an area code in my region. It allows local
MvV> dialling without the area code. The other is from a dedicated VOIP
MvV> provioder. It is a so called region independant number. (quasy area
MvV> code 085). It requires full 10 digit dialing, but my ATA takes care of
MvV> dialling local numbers without area code.

My VoIP has a region dependent number with the same area code as other numbers
here (03), but requires the area code on outbound calls to local numbers.

TL> So I would have to slightly tweak the translation tables, if I started
TL> a POTS line.

MvV> I dropped POTS over five years ago never missed it.

I haven't setup POTS since coming back to BBSing.

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