Dial the area code or no? Why should it still matter?
September 5, 2012 7:33 AM Subscribe
Why is it that the phone company can't figure out whether or not an area code is needed when dialing - even when I can't - and just dial the number accordingly?
posted by attercoppe to Technology (29 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I'm dialing a number from a land line (or trying to send a fax), I don't always know whether a number in my area code is "local", i.e. doesn't need the area code dialed, or whether it is far enough away to need the area code. If I dial the area code and it isn't needed, I get an error message; if I don't dial the area code and it is needed, I get an error message.
Given that so many people use cell phones, where generally all 10 digits of a number are always used, and given that telco equipment is pretty advanced/computerized (right?), why not just accept 10 digits and complete the call, even if it's a number that doesn't "need" the area code to be dialed?