You Still Have To Dial a 1

It’s time to change my cell phone number. A year ago I migrated to a New Hampshire number and got 603-781-9445. Ever since, I’ve been getting wrong numbers, often to the tune of 3 or 4 daily.

The problem is that parts of northern Massachusetts use area code 781 and, yep, there’s a 944 exchange there, too. So anyone in New Hampshire with a landline dialing one of the thousand numbers that begin 781-944-5xxx will get me in the event they neglect to dial the numeral 1 first while placing their call.

Perhaps I spent too much time learning about the phone system in my youth (ok, well, I *know* I did), but still, it seems obvious to me that dialing a 1 to get outside the area code would be required. After all, landlines have no way of knowing that you’re finished dialing. As soon as the switch recognizes a path to a valid exchange, away it goes, regardless of how many more digits you insist on pressing.

The irony is that the proliferation of cell phones are to blame for my landline-related woes here. Cell phones, after all, *do* have a way of knowing when you’re finished dialing (you press “Send”) so folks have gotten used to NOT having to dial a 1 because of that.

Ugh. Time to change my phone number. Soon. The question is, since I have to go into the AT&T store to do that anyway, will that be the day I take the iPhone plunge?

4 Responses to “You Still Have To Dial a 1”

  1. cjh Says:

    That really is annoying. When you do go to change your number, that WILL be the day you get an iPhone. Trust me, I went in just to “look” at an iPhone…well “looking” turned into spending $600. Ugh, but it is well worth the $$, lol. Well good luck. Now I bet your readers are going to be calling you nonstop since you posted you number online. Have fun! 😉

  2. cjh Says:

    That really is annoying. When you do go to change your number, that WILL be the day you get an iPhone. Trust me, I went in just to “look” at an iPhone…well “looking” turned into spending $600. Ugh, but it is well worth the $$, lol. Well good luck. Now I bet your readers are going to be calling you nonstop since you posted you number online. Have fun! 😉

  3. Dave Says:

    Well, I don’t think it’ll get out of hand. I’m a pretty reachable guy for the most part, and I find that to be a positive thing. But hey, if it does, yet another reason to change the number!

  4. Dave Says:

    Well, I don’t think it’ll get out of hand. I’m a pretty reachable guy for the most part, and I find that to be a positive thing. But hey, if it does, yet another reason to change the number!

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