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Old June 23rd 04, 03:22 PM
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Hello all!

This is my first post here.

I am actually looking for the prefixes (area code?) used by the US and
Canadian mobile operators.

Does anyone know of a website where I can find such a list?

I have tried Google, but nothing useful has surfaced...

Txs in advance.

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Old June 23rd 04, 03:35 PM
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In data Wed, 23 Jun 2004 14:28:12 GMT, Cyrus Afzali ha scritto:

Outside major metropolitan areas, you're not going to find area codes
that are exclusively used by mobile carriers. Even then, areas like
NYC are starting to see blur in that area since both 917 and 646 are
now used for land numbers, where they were exclusively used for mobile
nos. until recently.

As far as the pre-fix, or exchange numbers, you may find that a
particular carrier has an entire block that gives them all the
(646)555-XXXX pool, but even if that's the case, there's no way you're
going to be able to get access to that info because it's not public.


Hello Cyrus.

Does this mean that there is no specific area code (of maybe an initial
figure) that - if I call from abroad and dial +1 (to US and Canada) -
allows me to understand I am callingo a mobile number?

For example, in Italy all mobile numbers begin with 3, so if you dial
+39.3xx.xxxxx (+39 being Italy's country code) you know you are calling
an italian mobile number.

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Old June 23rd 04, 04:10 PM
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MatFox wrote:
Does this mean that there is no specific area code (of maybe an
initial figure) that - if I call from abroad and dial +1 (to US and
Canada) - allows me to understand I am callingo a mobile number?


That's it exactly.


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Old June 23rd 04, 04:31 PM
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In data Wed, 23 Jun 2004 15:10:31 GMT, Ren? ha scritto:

That's it exactly.


ok, txs.
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Old June 23rd 04, 04:55 PM
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In MatFox writes:

Hello Cyrus.


Does this mean that there is no specific area code (of maybe an initial
figure) that - if I call from abroad and dial +1 (to US and Canada) -
allows me to understand I am callingo a mobile number?


That's true. There's no way of knowing (as a member fo the general public)
whether the number you're calling in the united states is a wired phone or
a mobile one.

While some prefixes (the abc portion in xxx-abc-nnnn) are "owned", for
want of a better term, by mobile operators, even that's no longer a
reliable method. We've had "number portablity" for a year now, in which
people can take their phone number - whether it was on a cellphone or a
wired one - and move from one carrier to another.

NOTE that to you, as a caller, it doesn't make the same difference as it
would in Europe. Calls to (almost) all phone numbers in the US cost you
the same. There's NO extra charge to call a cellular customer.

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Old June 23rd 04, 06:57 PM
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danny burstein wrote:


While some prefixes (the abc portion in xxx-abc-nnnn) are "owned", for
want of a better term, by mobile operators, even that's no longer a
reliable method. We've had "number portablity" for a year now, in which
people can take their phone number - whether it was on a cellphone or a
wired one - and move from one carrier to another.

NOTE that to you, as a caller, it doesn't make the same difference as it
would in Europe. Calls to (almost) all phone numbers in the US cost you
the same. There's NO extra charge to call a cellular customer.


Txs a lot, this is very interesting - and quite different from what
happens here, where if you call a mobile number from a wire line you pay
a connection cost (on average 0,12 euros) and about 0,22 euros per
minute of conversation!

BTW, do you think that all you said applies to Canada as well?

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Old June 23rd 04, 07:30 PM
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MatFox wrote in message . ..
Hello all!

This is my first post here.

I am actually looking for the prefixes (area code?) used by the US and
Canadian mobile operators.

Does anyone know of a website where I can find such a list?

I have tried Google, but nothing useful has surfaced...

Txs in advance.


www.telcodata.us

You can input an area code and prefix and get the carrier (mobile or
landline) or you can input a carrier (again, mobile or landline) and
they will give you a list of area codes and the prefixes for those
area codes. I think this is what you are asking for. In addition to
the area code and prefix info, it gives you the location of the switch
so you can determine if that exchange is a local call, relative to
your home phone, if applicable.
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Old June 23rd 04, 08:15 PM
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MatFox wrote in message ...
Does this mean that there is no specific area code (of maybe an initial
figure) that - if I call from abroad and dial +1 (to US and Canada) -
allows me to understand I am callingo a mobile number?

For example, in Italy all mobile numbers begin with 3, so if you dial
+39.3xx.xxxxx (+39 being Italy's country code) you know you are calling
an italian mobile number.


The US is very different from Europe in this regard.

You can find some information he
http://www.fonefinder.net/index.php

When you get a cellphone in the US, you'll normally get a local area
code. It won't be easily distinguished from a landline phone in the
area. In the Pittsburgh area, for example 412-421-xxxx is a landline
in Squirrel Hill. 412-726-xxxx is a T-Mobile cellular number. Now that
there is number portability, you can convert landline to mobile and
vice-versa.

It doesn't cost extra to call a cellphone number in the US. Thus, it
doesn't really matter. The person receiving the call must pay.

Unlike Europe, where there is normally a specific rate for each kind
of call, most US carriers give you a number of minutes, and then a
per-minute charge if you go over that. Depending on your plan, you may
pay a surcharge for long distance, roaming, etc.

When you call an 800 number in the US, it costs you cellular minutes.
At least in Germany, it's free - but the 800 number owner pays _much_
more. Thus, many of them block cellular calls.

Hopefully this makes sense...
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Old June 23rd 04, 09:44 PM
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James wrote:

I think this is what you are asking for.


Txs, James.

I was mostly trying to understand if in the US there's a specific
figure(s) that, dialed after the Country Code, allows the caller to
understand if he's calling Mobiles or Wirelines numbers.
But due to number portability and other stuff, as told in the other
answers to this thread, it seems like there isn't a specific one...

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Old June 23rd 04, 09:44 PM
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gopi wrote:

Hopefully this makes sense...


Great, txs a lot for the detailed infos and links!

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