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SoupDragon Sat 01-Dec-07 23:13:00

I've just been processing ticket applications for a PTA event and am sooo annoyed with the number of people who say their phone number is 0208 654 blah blah blah. No it's not. It's 020 8654....

Petty and pedantic, yes, but it's simply incorrect to put it as 0208.


prettybird Sat 01-Dec-07 23:15:28

I agree! grin I always make a point of writing and saying the number correctly - yet so many Londoners don't seem to realise the relevance of the way their number is put together.

I'm not even in London! hmm

Tinker Sat 01-Dec-07 23:17:19

How many digits are there in London numbers now? Most other larger cities are 0121, 0131 etc so 0208 would seem correct to me.

SoupDragon Sat 01-Dec-07 23:17:37

I can accept non-londoners getting it wrong but surely they've noticed that they have to dial 8654... to get any one local??

I toyed with the idea of putting a correction slip in the envelope along with their ticket but decided not to

SoupDragon Sat 01-Dec-07 23:19:05

There are 8 digits plus 020

When the codes changed, a 7 or 8 was added to the front of the number and the code for all London changed to 020 (rather than 0171 or 0181)

WendyWeber Sat 01-Dec-07 23:19:48

Er - no it isn't - I get mad at people who say 020 8xxx xxxx

It's 0208 (outer London) then xxx xxxx

or 0207 (inner London) xxx xxxx

So ner

(It used to be 01; then it was 071 or 081; then it was 0171 or 0181; but whatever, it was followed by xxx xxxx, as it is in all the big cities)

SoupDragon Sat 01-Dec-07 23:20:18

You're wrong, wendy.

Tinker Sat 01-Dec-07 23:21:20

Hmm, I agree with WW. The point of the 7 and 8 is to denote area surely?

LadyMuck Sat 01-Dec-07 23:21:31

I'm guessing that that point will get across now that new London numbers are 020 3 (covering both the old 0171 and 0181 areas). But if they have put the 020 bit in then at least you would get the right number if you dialed it. There is only a potential problem if they leave off the 0208.

mollymawk Sat 01-Dec-07 23:21:31

Ooh, I am soooo happy there is someone else (in fact two someone elses) who is (are) pedantic about this!

SoupDragon Sat 01-Dec-07 23:21:59

My phone number was 0181 651 1234 (not really but you get the gist) Locally, I would have had to dial 651 1234.

Now it is 020 8654 1234 and locally I have to dial 8654 1234

LadyMuck Sat 01-Dec-07 23:22:30

But clearly I'm an optimist!

WendyWeber Sat 01-Dec-07 23:22:34

Me? Wrong? Never!

WendyWeber Sat 01-Dec-07 23:23:26

Oh, locally - the world revolves around sodding London again grin

SoupDragon Sat 01-Dec-07 23:23:29

Yes, you are wrong*
wrong wrong wrong wrong

mollymawk Sat 01-Dec-07 23:24:01

But the code can't be "0208" because you never chop that bit off when you are dialling from inside the same area. You just chop off the "020".

Tinker Sat 01-Dec-07 23:24:04

So 8 is like an office 9. Hmm, is there a How to Say London Phone Numbers Act of Parliament?

ChasingSquirrels Sat 01-Dec-07 23:24:14

no idea, didn't even know london no's had changed.
but PTA things WOULD be local - surely?

WendyWeber Sat 01-Dec-07 23:24:20



SoupDragon Sat 01-Dec-07 23:24:38

No, 8 is part of the phone number.

WendyWeber Sat 01-Dec-07 23:26:03

Does anybody else struggle with mobile numbers when they are given

07xx xxx xxxx

rather than 07xxx xxxxxx?

I literally cannot retain them the first way.

[tired old woman]

Tinker Sat 01-Dec-07 23:27:06

But the 0208 bit is the bit that is relevant to the vast majority of the UK. So those in the London club just dial 7 or 8 to get their outside line to each other. I know all of that is quite contradictory but I know whta I mean grin

SoupDragon Sat 01-Dec-07 23:27:19

Oh yes, I corrected the typing of all those on my database too, Wendy

Tinker Sat 01-Dec-07 23:27:58

No, am teh same WW re mobiles - need 5 digits first to make any sense to me

WendyWeber Sat 01-Dec-07 23:28:13

mollymawk, the rest of the country (ie the majority of the population of the UK) doesn't drop the 020 though.

When a Londoner is giving their phone number to anyone outside London, they do tend to drop the 020, which means that if the person they are speaking to isn't intimately acquainted with London numbers hmm they will subsequently get it wrong.

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