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Old 02-27-2012, 07:24 PM
 
Location: BELGIUM
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Can you see on a phone nr or a landline of Cell Phone nr is?

All off the Belgian cellphone nr begins with 04xx
the Netherlands begins with 06xx

How is it in the US ?
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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We have area codes.

I think that's what you're asking?

NANPA : Area Code Map
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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All US phone numbers start with 001. The format is 001 + city code + local number. It doesn't matter whether it is a cell phone or landline. All US numbers start with 001.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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US phone numbers are AAA-PPP-NNNN, where AAA is the area code, PPP is the prefix, and NNNN is the rest of the phone number.

You can often guess from the area code and prefix, if you have a list of which phone company "owns" each prefix, but with local number portability, it's not easy to know for sure anymore. (A long time ago, I was able to find a list online by searching.)

You pay the same whether calling a mobile or land line in the US, so it's not something one generally needs to know in their everyday routine.

It is (or was?) illegal for a telemarketer, political campaign, or pollster to call a mobile here, because the person called usually pays per minute. Therefore there are "Do Not Call" lists of numbers available to telemarketers. Telemarketers are effectively required to buy this list, which includes mobile numbers, before they can do business. But the average person has no need to know whether they're calling a mobile or land line.

Out of curiosity, why do you ask?
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:41 PM
 
Location: BELGIUM
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You pay the same whether calling a mobile or land line in the US, so it's not something one generally needs to know in their everyday routine.

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Thanks for your full explanation. Here in Belgium is it different. You pay more for calling a mobile phone than calling a land line
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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Thanks for your full explanation. Here in Belgium is it different. You pay more for calling a mobile phone than calling a land line
In the USA, the airtime of the cellphone for both incoming and outgoing calls are paid for by the cellphone owner. In Belgium like many other countries the incoming calls are free for the cellphone owner as the airtime is paid for by the person making the call.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:03 PM
 
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In the USA, the airtime of the cellphone for both incoming and outgoing calls are paid for by the cellphone owner. In Belgium like many other countries the incoming calls are free for the cellphone owner as the airtime is paid for by the person making the call.
It's very confusing in the US because each provider has different rules.

I have unlimited mobile to mobile, so I get free minutes to cell phones whether it's incoming or outgoing. However, most people don't have this, so it costs them.

Then there's free minutes at night. But for different providers, night starts at different times. My nights start at 7PM, while some people have as early as 6pm and as late as 9pm. There's quite a bit of variation.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Free mobile to mobile calling is not the general rule though. It's usually only available on contract plans, and usually only counts if both sides are using the same phone company.

Generally speaking, when it comes to cellular in the US, each side pays for its own airtime.
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