Re: [Telecom] 1+10, was 11X and N11 Codes (was 911 not universal)

Does anyone know whether NYC still requires 1+10D for all calls? They set

>it up that way in 1999 when they added overlays, since that was the only >way to do 7D -> 10D transition without ambiguity. Now it's been nearly a >decade, and the 1+ is a complete waste of time. NANPA says the 1+ is >optional on local calls and still required on toll calls, but they've been >wrong before, particularly in situations like this where some calls into >914 and 516 are local from some parts of NYC but not others.

The dialing rule in New York City for landline-originated calls is currently (January 2008):

Calls within your own area code may be dialed as 10D or 1+10D Calls outside your area code must be dialed as 1+10D. Yes, even if that other area code is overlaid with your own.

The rule when making a cell-originated call from NYC is:

All calls are 10D regardless of area code, state or country.

Yes, I have called the Dominican Republic, area code 809 at the time, from a cell phone, with just 10 digits.

In other words, yes, when calling outbound from NYC on a landline or cell phone, the 1+ is meanlingless. 1+ could be removed from all calls and the dialing plan would work just fine.

In some rare cases, if you happen to be roaming in another cell company's territory, and they give you a recording that you must dial

1 first, then hang up and do so. (In recent years, I've only had that happen when roaming in two places: Ottawa, Ontario and Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis.)

In an even more rare case, when roaming in Antigua, I also had to dial

1+ when calling from my NYC-based cell phone back to the US. If I dialed 212-nxx-xxxx instead of 1-212-nxx-xxxx, I got routed to (get this) Morrocco, which is country code +212. In other words, the Antiguan cell carrier assumed that all cell roamers were, by definition, making international calls and therefore the first digit was assumed to be the start of the country code. They didn't require 011+. This was in 2003, when using an old AT&T Wireless TDMA phone, and may no longer apply.

Greg Monti New York, NY

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Canadian mobile carriers still charge long distance, unlike their US cousins, and unless you get a package the prices are out of the 1960s, like 30 cents/min on Fido. Hence the 1+ I suppose.

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