KP on 29 Mar 2017 07:19:21 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Phone land line 'switching'

Local number portability has forced the decoupling of numbers from physical locations and regions (areas). However, as all numbers are not portable [yet?], the concept (or at least the use) of area codes I don't see changing even if it is technically possible. Once LECs converted their networks from circuit to packet switched being bounded by geography stopped being a thing.

Can say I've seen a push to change the concept of area codes. Occasionally we just add more.

On March 29, 2017 9:46:06 AM EDT, Joe Rosato <> wrote:
Was having a talk with my sister recently about how phones are not limited by switching stations and are now flat-filed. 

For example:    215-HO8-3333

HO8 used to be, say, a building/switch and then the 3333 gets you to the house.

But how about the 215? That is also flat filed, no? Other than convention (215 is phila, 212 is Manhattan) there is nothing that really holds that number to a location. IF they wanted the 212 could be assigned to Phila? (I'm keeping this to land lines - not mobile or VOIP)

The HO8 used to be limited by the physical switch/location. Is there any remnants of that for the area code? I'm sure with mobile/VOIP/analog/digital it is a hodgepodge right now, but I guess I'm asking what are the current physical limitations of phone number assignment vs conventions for convenience.

Joe Rosato


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