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Old 09-08-2015, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I moved here from a place that you only had to remember seven digits to contact anyone in the state. That was busted up long time ago so i'm over it

I did feel like I was trappled in an episode of Seinfeld when I got tossed from a 770 to a 678. I was unhappy and cannot even explain in words that or cogent. Now, I have a 404 which based on news source3s says an area code that is no longer available. I'm hanging on to it like a lepreauchan with a pot of gold. I mean seriously I mean seriously I feel like Gollum CALLING IT MY PRECIOUS.

i understat there are ITP VS OTP things going on, but are there really area code things too? I must think so,. can't believe I've bought into it, and cannot believe that I'm too dumb to remember 10 digits. I mean there is a nrw area code in the metro and I don't think I have enough room in my brain to add it.


I know this may be sounding like a vent from me because that is what it is , but I just don;t believe we need this many area codes. Give it a test run and let me know who or what you reached.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:16 AM
 
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Maybe this was a feeling back in... I dunno, the late 90's when cell phones and pagers were becoming a thing. Or when you still had land lines that weren't mobile so the number literally defined where you lived. But seriously, get over it. No one cares what area code you have.

I don't even see area codes anymore because everyone I need to call are in my contacts on my phone. It's not like I'm dialing 10 digits every time I place a call.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:11 AM
 
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I agree - Get Over It - most of us did over 10 years ago.

As for the number of area codes - more phone numbers are used because instead of one home phone number a family of 4 could easily have 4 numbers or more if you have a cell number for each person.

But numbers also run out because some numbers are reserved and the method in which they assign numbers waste a bunch. The used to issue numbers in blocks of 10,000 (they may still). So if you were a company that wanted everyone to have an exchange that started with 353-xxxx, you were reserved 353-0000 through 353-9999. So if you were a small company that only needed 100 numbers, you wasted 9,900 numbers. Hence we have a lot of wasted numbers.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I moved here from a place that you only had to remember seven digits to contact anyone in the state. That was busted up long time ago so i'm over it.
The same thing happened to me back in the 90's when I moved to Atlanta from a smaller city. What is weird is that the city I moved from had its entire area code change.

Due to a bit of luck and nagging of the Sprint PCS sales-person by my parents, I was given a 404 cell number when I first received a mobile phone even though the service contract was signed in another state. Years later, a law was passed which allowed people to port their phone numbers from whatever carrier they wanted... so I still have my 404.

7-digit dialing is basically a relic of the past which will die off with land lines. So many mobile services include free long distance that very few folks get rid of their cell phones with regional area codes even after they move into a new locale.

I plan to keep my 404 as long as I am able.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I am holding on to my 404 number.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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Is 470 an Atlanta area code cause I picked up a new phone that had this one.
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Old 09-08-2015, 03:54 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU
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Is 470 an Atlanta area code cause I picked up a new phone that had this one.
I believe it is now. It's a new one. Similar to how 678 was added to make space (at least, I think that's what happened).

I still have a 404 for my cell phone.
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I'm old enough to remember when 404 covered all of north Georgia and 912 was the area code for south of the gnat line. I can also remember 4 digit dialing in my hometown of Hogansville. If you were calling a local number, you didn't have to use the 637 local exchange.
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:01 PM
 
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I got 404 in 2007.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:01 PM
 
Location: N.C. for now... Atlanta future
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It's due to population growth. The multiplying millions that have moved into metro Atlanta require new numbers. There are more people, more phones, more numbers. Most sizable cities have multiple area codes.
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