Teen Gets Prime Minister's Phone Calls
from the ooops dept
Recycling of phone numbers is not a new thing. My home phone, for instance, used to be the phone number for the local social security office, apparently. I get a fairly frequent stream of calls (even if I’ve had the number for many years already) from people trying to reach social security. Nowadays, the problem tends to come from recycling of mobile phone numbers. There was the well-publicized story of Chris Rock’s old mobile phone number going to some woman. In the UK, there are problems with people receiving expensive premium SMS services they never ordered, but which were set up by the previous owner of the same number. Now, in Norway, a 16-year-old girl is receiving phone calls meant for the country’s Prime Minister, after he ditched his mobile number, and it was recycled to her. How often do you get to say “sorry, wrong number,” to leaders around the world?