Talk:NAL telephone system

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I like it! I like the idea of the old four digit City Code (HLFX etc). It could be that some large cities had multiple codes, even early on.

I've always liked the old telephone exchanges, and really wouldn't mind if they could be integrated in some way. Perhaps telephonic districts within a region could have their own codes. Reminds me of the old Glen Porter fave Ahoyhoy! Get Me AAMSTERDAM-5-4000!...

Elemtilas 18:27, 29 June 2006 (PDT)

First point; I agree.
Second point; Can you elaborate?

It used to be that small towns and cities were divided into exchanges. You knew where someone lived by their telephone exchange, cos everyone around had the same three number prefix (that is, after the advent of the seven digit telephone number!). I'm sure you've heard the old swing hit "Pennsylvania six five-thousand". All that is is a telephone number: PA6-5000 (736-5000).

I'm proposing that we expand your City Code idea a little. If you had a code system like HLF-1-xxxx, HLF-2-xxxx and the like, the number of telephone numbers for any given city would be pretty close to astronomical.

Your next assignment will be to determine if the letters on telephone dials in IB start on 1 or 2 (like *here*) and if there are Qs on there...

Elemtilas 14:50, 30 June 2006 (PDT)

Um... OK, as long as it doesn't go against the existing system or become a area code, the dial I was looking at was;
And if each city given had 10 local districts with 10^4 phones that would be a big area, yes. How many of these cities would there be? If population is anything like here, Jacobia has 8 million people. If you imagine 2 Telephones for every 3 people that works out as being 5 and a third million telephones, that's about 50 "cities" per province, is that OK? --Quentin 00:48, 1 July 2006 (PDT)
And can I move this to conculture, please? --Quentin 00:42, 30 June 2006 (PDT)
Sounds fine and dandy! Sooner or later, a metropolis like New Aamsterdam or Saint Louis is going to have to introduce an extended telephone number (like we've done *here* in Maryland, where we now have 10-digit telephone numbers). Possibly an extra geographical code of some sort could be prefixed to the present 8-digit tel. number. Naturally, this would destroy the old fashioned character of the exchange system, as there could be two or three of the same telephone numbers in the same city, but differentiated by the extra code. Most parts of the country probably won't have to deal with that sort of issue and the four digit exchange plus four digit number system would work perfectly. Elemtilas 05:43, 1 July 2006 (PDT)


This is a fine 'n' dandy article, thankyou. We don't need to delete it. --Quentin 10:20, 1 July 2006 (PDT)

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