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Re: Long Distance From Next Door

desafinado (
3 Jan 2005 02:21:38 GMT

Fred Atkinson on 1/2/2005 in comp.dcom.telecom wrote:

> My father lives in Chapin, South Carolina. I recently got his
> telephone service switched over to Vonage. As Vonage does not have an
> exchange in Chapin (and since all Chapin exchanges are local to the
> Columbia, SC area), we got a Columbia, SC number for him to use.

> Last week, his next door neighbors complained that when they dialed
> his number they got a recording telling them to dial 'one plus the
> area code and the number'. I used their telephone to dial his number
> as seven digits and got the same thing. Vonage's exchange in the
> Columbia area is 233. The neighbors had a number in the 945 exchange.

> I called Vonage. Turns out that this 945 number is not a Chapin
> number but something else entirely. I'm trying to figure out why this
> retired couple has a number that apparently isn't local to the
> Columbia calling area.

> Have been punching around the Internet trying to find out where this
> number is housed. So far, no luck.

> Anybody got any ideas on this weird arrangement?

> My father used to call my Vonage phone from Chapin on his old Bellsouth
> line. My phone is also on Vonage's 233 exchange. He did not have to dial
> long distance to do it.

> Regards,

> Fred

'Lookup Area Codes in a Radius'

You'll find these assignments within 10 miles of 803-945
Area Code - Prefix City

803-345 CHAPIN
803-407 COLUMBIA
803-732 COLUMBIA
803-749 COLUMBIA
803-781 COLUMBIA
803-932 CHAPIN
803-941 CHAPIN
803-945 CHAPIN
803-948 CHAPIN

You can click the npa-nxx column links for additional information
about each exchange.

Your father's Vonage 233 number is in Richland county while the Chapin
945 exchange is in Lexington county. Apparently calling from 945 to
233 crosses a LATA boundary.

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