Question About NXX Exchange Numbers: Are They Geographic

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: This is also true with the increasingly

> large number of VOIP phones on the market. Vonage even encourages > folks to take numbers in 'any area code desired'; after all, the > service is unlimited for $24.99 per month. PAT]

I am in Southern California and my Vonage primary number is in Washington, DC. I also have a virtual number local to my California rate center.

In effect, it's like having a DC foreign exchange line in Southern Calfornia. And, with a flat-rate out-WATS line, too. Think what all that would have cost in 1980, or so.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: But recall that with Vonage and ONE telephone line, all your outgoing (revenue producing for telco) calls are 'rate centered' Washington, DC. You cannot dial out using the virtual southern California line, only receive incoming calls on it. PAT]
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Sam Spade
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