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Martin is back in Scotland, and is doing some deep thinking. Some if it even mere mortals like me can understand. Anyway read this piece to basically understand that even $4.99 a month for a London phone number Vonage is charging, is just too much money. […]

Martin is back in Scotland, and is doing some deep thinking. Some if it even mere mortals like me can understand. Anyway read this piece to basically understand that even $4.99 a month for a London phone number Vonage is charging, is just too much money. Lingo charges $9.99 by the way. Martin’s rant is inspired by today’s announcement of Virtual Vonage in London. Aswath points out that VoIPUser is giving away UK#s for free, so why bother with Vonage, or Lingo?

Compared to a $10/year domain name, phone numbers are very expensive. If you though Verisign was a rip-off, you’re only dealing with the amateur side of the address space sport. Whilst we’re on the economics of phone numbers, it is worth noting that not all numbers are equally valuable. Obviously, there are sequential, alliterative or lucky numbers (123-4567, 777-0000, 888-8888) that are sometimes sold for a premium. Then there are desirable area codes, such as Manhattan’s 212 prefix, or 0207 in central London.

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  1. also, http://www.ipkall.com offers free washington state 360 numbers. call three six oh two one five five three oh six for a good time. w00t. ipkall relays those calls to sip:hollandct@earthlink.net, my earthlink account.

  2. w00t! this is so cool! i have a UK phone number! my goodness, i need a similar service for french phone numbers! do you know of any?

    My UK #: 08444849919
    from the US: 011 44 8444849919

    i just tested it using my iconnecthere.com calling card, left myself voicemail which appeared seconds later in my email inbox.

  3. dude you are becoming a serious voip geek. i am quite worried now…. sigh!

  4. heh. w00t 8)

  5. I have been told that the number 8 in china is lucky? I have a mobile number of 07831 588888, could you tell me the best way to auction the number please.

    regards
    geoff.

  6. i would like to know were i can sell my cell #

    its 200-0001 but i wont give the area code on here lol.
    im sure its worth some $$ for someone to have a easy # for their costomers
    and new costomers to remember.

    what do you guys think?

  7. There’s no such area code as 0207 or 0208.

    All of London is under one code: 020 and has been for a decade.

    London numbers have eight digits, and can begin with a 3, or 7, or 8.

    The same (02x) xxxx xxxx format is used in Southampton and Portsmouth, Coventry, Cardiff and the whole of Northern Ireland.

    See also:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_numbers_in_the_United_Kingdom

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Number_Change

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_Kingdom_dialling_codes

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_telephone_code_misconceptions

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