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TELECOM Digest: The Secret Life of Phone Numbers

Alan Burkitt-Gray (
Mon, 27 Dec 2004 13:27:18 -0000

I thought Digest fans would be interested in this programme on BBC Radio 4
tonight (Monday 27) at 20.00 GMT (3pm ET):

It's available when broadcast from the BBC Radio Four website in RealAudio
(you can download a free player if you don't already have it)

The Secret Life of Phone Numbers

Dialing up stories from the history of telephony, Ian Peacock recalls the
days of two-digit phone numbers and purring dial tones, GPO operators and
mechanical exchanges. He discovers that this era was still with us even as
digital technology and mobile phones entered our lives in the 1990s.
Producer Alan Daulby

The BBC has a listen again facility, also in RealAudio, for up to seven days
after original broadcast:

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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