More On The Anachronism Of Area Codes

from the an-area-code?--that's-so-last-millennium dept

The New York Times’ has picked up on some blog discussions from earlier this month concerning how the concept of an area code is dying and has written a similar article exploring the history and future of the area code. It notes, amusingly, that: “Callers used to know where they were calling but not necessarily who would pick up. With cellphones, the reverse is now true.” The article also notes that the 914 area code, which has historically meant New York, is now being used so local calls can be placed to Iraq. So, how much longer until the concept of an “area code” is almost entirely meaningless?

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Pau (user link) says:

The demise of Area Codes will be followed by "@" e

Just like there will be no reason for area codes in the near future, there will be no need for geeky “@” email addresses that reflect some cryptic characters at some “domain” and “extension”.

This layout for email addresses was great for educators in their research departments, but clearly does not work in the real world. Private email networks are solving this problem.

Once you get rid of the ability to “spoof” and “phish” publicly-available “@” email addresses, it’s amazing to see how email becomes more valuable and the junk disappears.

Plant seed…water often…tree will grow.

Bryan Price (user link) says:

As my son would say...

Yip, yip, yip, yip, yip.

He’s a new MP that’s just been stationed in Alaska. He got a cell phone with the family’s 904 area code, and I don’t think there hasn’t been a day when he hasn’t called home, or somebody hasn’t called him. He’s got free long distance on his cell, so why does it matter for him to have a local cell phone number there for him to call out. And it’s not like his cell phone is used for other people to call into there.

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