> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ryan A [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: 26 September 2002 17:26
> Hey,
> > It used to be that 07xxx = vodafone ... and 07yyy = orange 
> - but now it
> > could be anything.
> DAMN, that sounds bad, any fixed numbers in the UK atleast?
> My cousins number is +44 79320----- so that could be any 
> company right?

Yes, right.  Although the prefixes (07xxx) are initially allocated to specific 
providers, the UK has full number portability, which means that a user can change 
service providers and keep their original number -- several times, if they so wish!  
This is partially in response to an EC directive, so you'll have the same problem 
EC-wide eventually.

And, in any case, each UK provider has a large number of prefixes allocated, not in 
any particular sequence, so the best you could do given a provider would be to offer a 
drop-down of all the possible prefixes.  If you *really* want to know the full gory 
details, you can download the allocations list from 
http://www.oftel.gov.uk/ind_info/numbering/s7.xls, but a (very) short extract gives, 
for example:

07780        Vodafone
07781        Guernsey Telecoms
07782        Hutchison
07785-07789  Vodafone
07790-07792  Orange
07795-07796  Vodafone
077977-8     Jersey Telecoms
07798-07799  Vodafone
07800        Orange
07801-07803  O2
07808-07809  O2

In the US it's even worse, I think, as I believe it's still the case that mobile 
numbers are allocated out of the regular numbering space, so each provider has 
prefixes allocated for each geographic area code in which they operate.

All in all, I guess this is a very long-winded way of saying "don't even bother 



Mike Ford,  Electronic Information Services Adviser,
Learning Support Services, Learning & Information Services,
JG125, James Graham Building, Leeds Metropolitan University,
Beckett Park, LEEDS,  LS6 3QS,  United Kingdom
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