Why Does The ABC On Your Telephone Start On 2 And Not 1 On The Numberpad?

Blog By riyaz  |  08-01-18

I'll bet even you have wondered about this.

Telephones

Telephones

In 1876, Scottish immigrant Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Since then the invention has only gotten better with time. But we can never forget our roots.

The reason behind this mystery lies in the evolution of the phone.


Evolution

Evolution

Nearly forty years after the first phone call, in 1915, Bell and his assistant demonstrated the first transcontinental call from New York to San Francisco, and in 1956, calls went transatlantic. Soon the telephone became a regular thing and not just a brilliant invention.

As everyone had a telephone, everyone also had a telephone number. Apart from remembering different telephone numbers to be able to call people, it also had other uses.


Long Distance

Long Distance

In the early days the number 1 was reserved for long distance calls and 0 was reserved for the telephone operator. And so these two numbers could not be at the start of your number.

Back then, every telephone number started with a prefix. A telephone prefix is the first set of digits after the country and area codes. For example - The United Arab Emirates country code is 971.


Prefix

Prefix

The letters were mapped to digits in order for people to dial the letters. But number 1 and 0 was reserved for long distance calls and the operator, respectively. They could therefore not be used in the prefix. Therefore the numbers 2-9 was used to map letters and numbers.

With the passage of time this has not changed and so we still follow this pattern. Don't you feel smarter already?








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