Posted January 21st, 2003 @ 09:19am by Erik J. Barzeski
A Slashdot article talks about the fact that New York City residents will soon be dialing 11 digits even to call their neighbors. Frankly, I couldn't care less, and I wish the phone systems of this country could simply settle on one darn standard.
Case in point: I'm in the 561 area code. To call my neighbors, I can dial 7 digits. To call some places in Broward County (954), I dial 7 digits: XXX-YYYY. To call some other places, I dial 954-XXX-YYYYY. And for still some others, I dial 10: 1-954-XXX-YYYY. No, the last two are not interchangeable. What's worse, the same freaking thing holds true for my own area code: 561. Some 7, some 10, some 11.
And of course, my cell phone behaves differently, and tends to "just work" far more frequently. And I never need the 1.