How do you like to read a phone number?

Stroller stroller at
Mon Dec 29 23:01:11 CET 2008

On 29 Dec 2008, at 12:00, Michele Renda wrote:
> ...
> I try to explain: when we read a phone number we usually like to  
> separe
> it with some spaces or signs:

I'm in the UK; I would most always format a number so that the last 6  
digits are in two groups of 3. This generally means reading a 4 or 5  
digit area code first, then "321 <pause> 456".

The wikipedia article posted by someone else tends to confirm the "4  
or 5 digit area code first" for me, as it states UK numbers to be 10  
or 11 digits long.

Note, however, that I would most always use "0207" or "0208 xxx yyy"  
for London numbers - I personally would not use "020", or group the  
"7" or "8" with the next set of digits. This is probably because I  
remember when they changed London numbers from "01" to "020" and then  
subsequently added the "7" & "8" depending upon whether the  
destination was in inner- or outer-London respectively.


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