For the benefit of those that have no clue what local dialling is – that’ll be pretty much everyone – it’s being able to dial just the last 6 digits of the normal 11 digit telephone number if you live in the same area as the number you’re dialling. So in my case, if I wanted to dial my local pizza takeaway in Swansea – whose number is 01792 234567 – I could drop the Swansea area code, 01792, and just ring the last digits 234567. But, alas, for some no longer.
Which areas are affected?
- Aberdeen (01224): Includes Aberdeen and the area to the west, including towns such as Westhill.
- Bradford (01274): Includes Bradford and the surrounding areas such as Baildon, Bingley, Cleckheaton and Shipley.
- Brighton (01273): Includes Brighton and Hove, as well as places such as Lewes, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Southwick.
- Middlesbrough (01642): Includes Middlesbrough and surrounding places such as Stockton, Redcar, Stokesley and Yarm.
- Milton Keynes (01908): Includes Milton Keynes, Bletchley, Newport Pagnell and an area to the north as far as Ravenstone.
So now if you live in one of these areas and dial just a local number you will get an announcement asking you to politely hang up and dial the full number. This is nothing new of course, mobile users have had to dial the full number for all calls since their inception and it’s no great hardship as most of the numbers people dial are in their mobile’s address book, just a couple of clicks away.
Things are different with VoIP of course; because a VoIP telephone number can be attached to a telephone anywhere at all in the entire world, the concept of local numbering is now an anachronism.
Clever people though, can configure their telephone to insert their local code automatically if they like because VoIP phones are clever like that.
http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/phone/num ... -the-code/