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It was more interesting years ago when they used letters instead of numbers, for example if you phoned someone in Blackpool you would simply key in Blackpool (which would represent the area code) followed by the persons number.
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Ofcom expects that similar changes may also be required in Aberdeen (01224), Brighton and Hove (01273), Bradford (01274) and Middlesbrough (01642) by 2015.

As it will work now anyway, why not introduce it nationally all in one go?
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I suppose with more phones having memories, and people being used to having to use the full number from mobiles, this may be more acceptable than in the past.
It doesn't seem that many years since (in London at least) if one dialled another local number using the full number including the dialling code a stroppy woman's voice scolded you that you shouldn't have dialled the dialling code, to hang up and dial again correctly!
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Great - that means I will have to dial 01202 every time
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To be honest I saw a flaw in the plan when they went from 4 digit area codes to 5 digit area codes. It seemed pointless as it would only be a matter of time until they'd run out again and look, it's already getting there.
What they should of done was the equivalent in phone numbers as IPv6 to ip addresses - come up with something that would make a few trillion numbers available.
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The Ofcom report does contain some interesting points.
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Nevertheless, without closing local dialling, there are 790,000 numbers to cover the
Bournemouth area code‘s population of approximately 410,000 people in 210,000
residential and businesses premises

So currently they can supply over 3 numbers to each property or less then 2 numbers for each person.
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To be honest I saw a flaw in the plan when they went from 4 digit area codes to 5 digit area codes.

There are areas that do have 5 digit area codes. Gosforth being one.
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There are areas that do have 5 digit area codes. Gosforth being one.

You mean there are still areas that don't? - Everywhere I know of is a 5 digit area code - eg 01XXX.
Some companies choose to alter that by using 4 digits and then using 7 digits as the remainder of their number which gives the impression its a 4 digit code. Plusnet being a good example:
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The 0 is not counted.
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Some companies choose to alter that by using 4 digits and then using 7 digits as the remainder of their number which gives the impression its a 4 digit code. Plusnet being a good example:

Those are Freephone and 03** codes, not area codes.
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That may be so but phone numbers are still 6 digits not 7 so area or service code its still 5 digits.
@itsme: So what you're saying is that 0 despite being a digit isn't a digit? Whilst numerically it may have no value, if you were to count the digits (using MS Word, or a programming language) you would see it contains 5 digits.
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From the Ofcom document
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These are area codes in the format 01XXX and 01XXXX. Areas with  ̳0‘ plus two-digit area codes
(such as London (020) and Cardiff (029)) and ̳0‘ plus three-digit area codes (such as Glasgow (0141)
and Nottingham (0115)) are not likely to run out of numbers. The area codes running out of numbers
are some other large population centres, for example Brighton (01273), Bournemouth (01202) and
Aberdeen (01224) with  ̳0‘ plus four-digit area codes.

The 0 is an access code which is not used when dialling from abroad back to the UK.
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Why does Ofcom insist on a leading zero?
Only the natives have to use it - it gets dropped for international calls.
It could be replaced by a null character.

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From the Ofcom document
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These are area codes in the format 01XXX and 01XXXX. Areas with  ̳0‘ plus two-digit area codes
(such as London (020) and Cardiff (029)) and ̳0‘ plus three-digit area codes (such as Glasgow (0141)
and Nottingham (0115)) are not likely to run out of numbers. The area codes running out of numbers
are some other large population centres, for example Brighton (01273), Bournemouth (01202) and
Aberdeen (01224) with  ̳0‘ plus four-digit area codes.

The 0 is an access code which is not used when dialling from abroad back to the UK.

You're just being technical. You know as well as I that you don't get 7 digit phone numbers irrespective of the code.
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