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Old 22-08-2006, 08:23
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Phone just rang (4 rings then caller hung up) and the caller ID showed the number as beginning 0203. Now I know that London phone numbers begin 020 then followed by 7 etc or 8 etc, and other cities now have numbers beginning 023 etc, but I don't recognise an 0203 xxx xxxx or even 020 3xxx xxxx (withholding full number in case it's a legitimate private number).

Done a few google searches and can't find a valid STD code that is 020 3 or 0203.

Any ideas what it might be please? Tried ringing it back (withholding my number) and there was no ringing tone at the other end nor any sound of connection, although the call log did show my call had been 'connected' for 12 seconds before I hung up.

Thanks.

EDIT: Sorry, I'm an idiot, I didn't google enough. An article on dialling codes on Wikipedia gave the following info:
020 3xxx xxxx New phase of numbers, released London-wide from June 2005

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Old 22-08-2006, 08:33
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If you click on the relevant pdf file in this page
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/telecoms/ioi..._administered/
you will see what phone co. the number is allocated to by the next 2 digits.
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Old 24-08-2006, 21:39
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Originally Posted by katie
Phone just rang (4 rings then caller hung up) and the caller ID showed the number as beginning 0203. Now I know that London phone numbers begin 020 then followed by 7 etc or 8 etc, and other cities now have numbers beginning 023 etc, but I don't recognise an 0203 xxx xxxx or even 020 3xxx xxxx (withholding full number in case it's a legitimate private number).
Yeah, London numbers are now 020 followed by 1 - 9 - currently only (020) 3XXX XXXX, (020) 8XXX XXXX and (020) 9XXX XXXX are in use.

For 02X codes the first three digits only (i.e. 020, 028) identify the STD code, with the rest being the local number.
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Old 25-08-2006, 00:05
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Originally Posted by kev
currently only (020) 3XXX XXXX, (020) 8XXX XXXX and (020) 9XXX XXXX are in use.
What about
(020) 0xxx xxxx and (020) 7xxx xxxx.

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Old 25-08-2006, 09:45
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Originally Posted by kev
Yeah, London numbers are now 020 followed by 1 - 9 - currently only (020) 3XXX XXXX, (020) 8XXX XXXX and (020) 9XXX XXXX are in use.
Oops.

You mean (020) 3xxx xxxx, (020) 7xxx xxxx and (020) 8xxx xxxx are currently in use.
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Old 25-08-2006, 19:27
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Originally Posted by blazor
What about
(020) 0xxx xxxx and (020) 7xxx xxxx.
Of course (020) 9 should have read (020) 7 - getting mixed up with Nottingham!

AFAIK (020) 0XXX XXXX is used for 0870 (etc) redirects only to save people misdialling - as 0XXX XXXX is an invalid number in the 020 area
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Old 25-08-2006, 19:36
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There are, of course, 020 70xx xxxx numbers now which would have been impossible under the old system (0171 0xx xxxx).
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Old 28-08-2006, 02:03
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Originally Posted by kev
Of course (020) 9 should have read (020) 7 - getting mixed up with Nottingham!

AFAIK (020) 0XXX XXXX is used for 0870 (etc) redirects only to save people misdialling - as 0XXX XXXX is an invalid number in the 020 area
I have seen some dial through numbers 020 0222 xxxx

Code: 020 0222
Area: London

Operator: Magrathea
Tariff Band: National (inc VAT)
Service: Geographic
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:18
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Katie, why do you care about a one off call like that?

We have caller id and only answer the phone if we recognise the caller and want to speak to them. All other calls get the answering machine.

If an unrecognised number calls and hangs up or does not leave a message, why should we care? If it is important they will call back. If it is not important then who cares?

I know human nature makes us curious but these types of calls are usually either wrong numbers or spoofs trying to get you to call back on a premium rate number.

Just ignore them and forget about them.
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Old 03-09-2006, 18:37
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You were right on the curious part. It was just because I knew 020 was London and thought all numbers then started 7 or 8 so was curious about one that started 3. That's all.
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Old 08-09-2006, 19:20
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I have tesco internet phone and 0203 is my dialing code and im in plymouth
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Old 09-09-2006, 06:52
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Originally Posted by BAC_Plymouth
I have tesco internet phone and 0203 is my dialing code and im in plymouth

No such code as 0203.

What you have is a London code of 020 and your local number begins with 3. (020) 3nnn nnnn.

In London if you were to say you had an 0203 number you would then expect to be able to dial the local number nnn nnnn, however that will not work as you are a digit missing on the local number, as (020) is the London code you need to dial 3nnn nnnn for a number to connect, same as in anywhere in London you need to dial 7nnn nnnn or 8nnn nnnn.

I have London 020, Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds, Cardiff, Warwick, and several other area codes around the UK as well as a German number, Italian number, Romanian number, Dutch number and USA number yet live in the Midlands.
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Old 27-09-2006, 22:12
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Warning! I wouldn't ring it back.

I'm sure I heard something about this on TV about this, but it was a slight mention that didn't give details. It's a con I believe, that somehow allows them to charge you a fortune on your mobile, something about 50 a time (was it your mobile they rang?), it's possible it might work on a landline too, though. I'm sure they mentioned "020" numbers, as I remember at the time thinking "but isn't that the London code?"

I'm prepared to accept I could be totally wrong on this though, as like I say, the details were scant.

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Old 29-09-2006, 17:35
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Originally Posted by Chunes
Warning! I wouldn't ring it back.

I'm sure I heard something about this on TV about this, but it was a slight mention that didn't give details. It's a con I believe, that somehow allows them to charge you a fortune on your mobile, something about 50 a time (was it your mobile they rang?), it's possible it might work on a landline too, though. I'm sure they mentioned "020" numbers, as I remember at the time thinking "but isn't that the London code?"

I'm prepared to accept I could be totally wrong on this though, as like I say, the details were scant.
Why not its a common or garden Geographical Number. It want cost you an arm and a leg to call it.

Did you miss this addition to the op?

"020 3xxx xxxx New phase of numbers, released London-wide from June 2005"

You might be mixing things up with 070 numbers.Even they dont cost 50 to ring,thats just an urban myth.

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Old 26-09-2009, 22:15
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Why not its a common or garden Geographical Number. It want cost you an arm and a leg to call it.

Did you miss this addition to the op?

"020 3xxx xxxx New phase of numbers, released London-wide from June 2005"

You might be mixing things up with 070 numbers.Even they dont cost 50 to ring,thats just an urban myth.
There have been nasty cons with 070 numbers where they make you think you are holding on to get through to something important like someone in hospital and maybe after a few minutes they make it sound like you mobile has lost the signal so you will call again. So maybe someone gullable has been conned out of 50 by such a con.
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Old 27-09-2009, 14:42
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There have been nasty cons with 070 numbers where they make you think you are holding on to get through to something important like someone in hospital and maybe after a few minutes they make it sound like you mobile has lost the signal so you will call again. So maybe someone gullable has been conned out of 50 by such a con.
..... but we're into the realms of fantasy now with the highest cost 070 number being about 50p per minute to call - so this gullable sucker is now hanging on for over 100 minutes.
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Old 27-09-2009, 18:36
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..... but we're into the realms of fantasy now with the highest cost 070 number being about 50p per minute to call - so this gullable sucker is now hanging on for over 100 minutes.
It could be over 50p/min from a mobile.

The important point is that there are cons out there using 070 numbers (and even 0871 I think) so we should all be vigilant.
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Old 27-09-2009, 19:36
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It could be over 50p/min from a mobile.
You're right. Ofcom say up to 75p/minute.

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/files/2009/08/numbering.pdf

Racking up 50 would still be a heck of a long time hanging on though.
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Old 27-09-2009, 20:36
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Old 07-10-2009, 22:54
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That's just someone selling virtual numbers. Only a mug buys them!
You get the same kind of number with VoIP phones. You can pick from a range of numbers with the geographical dialling codes of most major cities, both here in the UK and abroad too.
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