When will the (xxx) xxx-xxxx notation system for phone numbers become obsolete?

Orsorum

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I've seen some of my friends and letterheads for my campus start to change, as 10-digit dialing settles in (at least in Seattle). How long do you think it will be before all numbers are listed as xxx.xxx.xxxx instead of (xxx) xxx-xxxx?

(not actual technology-wise, just how people read/write them!)
 

acemcmac

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never for me.... modems take those spaces and hyphens for pauses... important when youre going through pbx'es
 
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they are both the same thing, like the difference between an ip of 000.000.000.000(dec) and 000000000000.000000000000.000000000000.000000000000(bin) it's just how you right it out
 

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Originally posted by: lobadobadingdong
they are both the same thing, like the difference between an ip of 000.000.000.000(dec) and 000000000000.000000000000.000000000000.000000000000(bin) it's just how you right it out

Sorry for mis-articulating myself - that's what I was referring to. Not technology-wise, but simply how people read/write it.
 

Yomicron

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I always write down phone numbers in xxx.xxx.xxxx format, I also use yyyy-mm-dd for dates and use 24 hour time.
 

Krakerjak

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We have had 10 digit dialing here in western canada for years.
I hated getting used to it. I would ALWAYS forget the area code and would get the operator,
"BEEP, YOU ARE A DUMBASS!, BEEP" :eek:
 

nageov3t

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I use xxx.xxx.xxxx

I just think that it looks a lot better and (for me at least) it's easier to read.
 

TallBill

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Originally posted by: loki8481
I use xxx.xxx.xxxx

I just think that it looks a lot better and (for me at least) it's easier to read.

it'd be easier to read xxxxx-xxxxx, but thats just me.
 

Colt45

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they should just upgrade to hex.

wewt. good thinking. everyone would need a new phone though. or. hm. yeah.
 

psiu

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I like xxx.xxx.xxxx

The periods make it cooler....

EDIT: Also depends where you live. I live in the Detroit area, and you have to put the area code down here.

But in the U.P., well, the whole damn thing is 906 area code....in fact, there's areas that at least until 10 years ago had 4 digit dialing.

2ND EDIT: The U.P. is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan if anyone is wondering....

http://www.sos.mtu.edu/cycling/images/color_tour/city_distance_map_large.jpg

nice map there....
 

clamum

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Originally posted by: psiu
I like xxx.xxx.xxxx

The periods make it cooler....

EDIT: Also depends where you live. I live in the Detroit area, and you have to put the area code down here.

But in the U.P., well, the whole damn thing is 906 area code....in fact, there's areas that at least until 10 years ago had 4 digit dialing.

2ND EDIT: The U.P. is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan if anyone is wondering....

http://www.sos.mtu.edu/cycling/images/color_tour/city_distance_map_large.jpg

nice map there....

Hey it's my school!

Yeah the whole U.P. is 906 area code. Actually I always write phone numbers in the (xxx) xxx-xxxx format.
 

knivox

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i wonder if eventually we'll get away from numbers completely. Everyone would just have a unique handle. It would be a lot easier to remember
 

Fiveohhh

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Originally posted by: knivox
i wonder if eventually we'll get away from numbers completely. Everyone would just have a unique handle. It would be a lot easier to remember

.....I like numbers, Otherwise a teenager girl that got her "handle" early would be known for life as sxyblonde342:p
 

MikePanic

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here in pa we've had the 10 digit dialing for at least the last 5 years... because new area codes & zones keep having to be created due to the number of people moving in the area.

im 60 miles n/w of philly... when i grew up, my area code was the same as phone numbers in philly... now, between philly and where im at are 5 differant area codes that were all served by one about 10 years ago