Carrier My cellular iPad Air was assigned a 305 number!

zorinlynx

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I'm a bit aghast at that. People here in Miami really want 305 numbers; it's "the original cool area code to have.", kind of like 212 in New York. Yet AT&T assigned my iPad a 305 phone number when I added it to my mobile share plan.

Anyone know if it's possible to transfer this number to a device that's more deserving? I know someone who just got a 786 number who would probably LOVE this number. Frankly I'm surprised AT&T assigns 305 numbers to tablets at all!

Heck, data-only devices shouldn't need normal phone numbers to operate; they don't make or receive calls or texts at all!
 

Curun

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Aghast? You make an erroneous assumption that ATT or anyone else cares. Sounds Asinine.

Only ATT customer service can help you. No one here.
 

takeshi74

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If it really bothers you then contact your carrier. The area codes really don't matter these days.
 

carjakester

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I'm pretty sure it needs a phone number because your iPad has a sim card to go through the phone company. its not like anyone will see your iPad phone number, nor will someone probably care other than you.
 

andyw715

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Carriers still use SMS backbone to send messages to cellular devices regardless if its a phone or not. I'm guessing it send it via that phone number.
 

mylexon20s

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This thread is hilarious... I work in wireless and when I activate new customers, I can still get 305 numbers, however they aren't designated as Miami, they are designated as Key West lol
 

Beachguy

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No. It's 867-5309.

In my entire 28 years I have never understood the whole "area code" thing that people go on about. I never associated myself with an area code. That's just retarded.
Clearly, you missed his point with the number.

And being 28 it doesn't surprise me. In your life, area code hasn't been important, but there was a time where it did make a difference. Your limited viewpoint makes it pointless to explain.
 

Statusnone88

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Clearly, you missed his point with the number.

And being 28 it doesn't surprise me. In your life, area code hasn't been important, but there was a time where it did make a difference. Your limited viewpoint makes it pointless to explain.

This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Beyond condescending and a bit pretentious for saying "Your limited viewpoint makes it pointless to explain."

I can't totally picture you closing your eyes in a smug way while typing this. There are plenty of mid-20's young people that have seen a tour or two of the Middle East where they lost at least 1 or more of their friends. The days of "young people don't know what they're talking about" are over. It's 2014. Get over yourself and instead of being "above him" for knowing, throw in some insight and explain why area codes did make a difference. That would be more constructive.

And before you ask, yes, I'm 26.
 

zorinlynx

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Area codes used to be tied tightly to location. Back in the day, if you had a 305 number, people knew you were from South Florida. If you had a 212 number, New York. 213, Los Angeles.

Eventually we started needing more area codes, so they started splitting up area codes and overlaying them. Now someone in Miami might get 305 or 786 or some other code. However, the original area codes for an area have "prestige value" for some people. They like having that code because they grew up with, say, a 305 number and want to continue having one.

Yeah, I suppose it's mattering less these days. People are growing up having never experienced all phone numbers in a locale having the same area code. Maybe my post was nonsense and I'm being silly. But I do have a friend who was annoyed when he got 786 instead of 305, so some people (besides me!) still care about this!

And yeah, Pitbull. LOL. For the record, us Miami folks mostly roll our eyes at him; he's become a total stereotype.

EDIT: I should add; for the truly old-school among us, area codes were really significant during the BBS era. A local community of BBSers would be typically clustered around boards in a particular area code. Down here, the 305 BBS community flourished in the late 80s and early 90s. :)
 
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Beachguy

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This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Beyond condescending and a bit pretentious for saying "Your limited viewpoint makes it pointless to explain."

I can't totally picture you closing your eyes in a smug way while typing this. There are plenty of mid-20's young people that have seen a tour or two of the Middle East where they lost at least 1 or more of their friends. The days of "young people don't know what they're talking about" are over. It's 2014. Get over yourself and instead of being "above him" for knowing, throw in some insight and explain why area codes did make a difference. That would be more constructive.

And before you ask, yes, I'm 26.
Note the guy was referring to something as "retarded." He lost all validity at that point, both because of the choice of words, and the "my way or the highway" mindset.

He's not a Middle Easterner. And I know a lot of sharp 20-somethings. But I know more with solid bone between their ears.

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zorinlynx: Spot on. My area code is from a place I haven't lived in 9 years, simply because it is in the hands of so many business contacts that changing to my local area code would be difficult.
 

deeddawg

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He's not a Middle Easterner.
I suspect he was referring to military service and fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Not that military service is anything new. Every war or "police operation" has 20-somethings involved, as well as the deaths of their friends. Kuwait, Iraq, Viet Nam, Korea, WWII, WWI, etc.

And I know a lot of sharp 20-somethings. But I know more with solid bone between their ears.
Exactly the point that escaped the other poster.
 

JAT

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Area codes used to be tied tightly to location. Back in the day, if you had a 305 number, people knew you were from South Florida. If you had a 212 number, New York. 213, Los Angeles.

Eventually we started needing more area codes, so they started splitting up area codes and overlaying them. Now someone in Miami might get 305 or 786 or some other code. However, the original area codes for an area have "prestige value" for some people. They like having that code because they grew up with, say, a 305 number and want to continue having one.

Yeah, I suppose it's mattering less these days. People are growing up having never experienced all phone numbers in a locale having the same area code. Maybe my post was nonsense and I'm being silly. But I do have a friend who was annoyed when he got 786 instead of 305, so some people (besides me!) still care about this!

And yeah, Pitbull. LOL. For the record, us Miami folks mostly roll our eyes at him; he's become a total stereotype.

EDIT: I should add; for the truly old-school among us, area codes were really significant during the BBS era. A local community of BBSers would be typically clustered around boards in a particular area code. Down here, the 305 BBS community flourished in the late 80s and early 90s. :)
You people need help. The only reason area codes have ever mattered is long distance charges. Those have mostly gone away. THAT is the difference today that matters.
 

Beachguy

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I suspect he was referring to military service and fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Good point; I misread what he posted in that sentence.

Good things previous generations never lost friends or did tours in Viet Nam, Korea, Europe, the Pacific.....................

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You people need help. The only reason area codes have ever mattered is long distance charges. Those have mostly gone away. THAT is the difference today that matters.
Not so. The reasons for area codes were related to only having a certain amount of unique numbers available, as well as the existence of phone companies other than Bell.

If they mattered only for long distance charges, then there would have never been toll calls within area codes.
 

deeddawg

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The only reason area codes have ever mattered is long distance charges.
Yeah, not really. Sounds good though. Doesn't make it right.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Numbering_Plan#History

Area codes were first used by long-distance operators to establish long-distance calls between toll offices. Commencing the introduction of direct distance dialing (DDD), the first direct, customer-dialed calls using area codes occurred on November 10, 1951, when the first directly dialed call was made from Englewood, New Jersey to Alameda, California.[3]
Area code 201 was the first to be implemented.[4] Direct dialing was gradually instituted throughout the country, and by the mid-1960s, it was commonplace in cities and most larger towns. [...]
At first, area codes were all in the form NYX, where N is any number 2–9, Y is 0 or 1, and X is any number 1–9 (if Y is 0) or any number 2–9 (if Y is 1). The restriction on N saves 0 for calling the operator, and 1 for signaling a long-distance call. The restriction on the second digit, limiting it to 0 or 1, was designed to help telephone equipment recognize the difference between a three-digit "area code" (with 0 or 1 as the second digit) and the three-digit "exchange" prefix (which had avoided 0 or 1 for the second digit, because of restrictions in existing switching equipment).


If they mattered only for long distance charges, then there would have never been toll calls within area codes.
Indeed. I remember when most of the area code I grew up in was long-distance, even just 15 miles away to the next town over. (back in the days of 5 digit dialing on a rotary phone!)
 

Statusnone88

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Good point; I misread what he posted in that sentence.

Good things previous generations never lost friends or did tours in Viet Nam, Korea, Europe, the Pacific.....................

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Not so. The reasons for area codes were related to only having a certain amount of unique numbers available, as well as the existence of phone companies other than Bell.

If they mattered only for long distance charges, then there would have never been toll calls within area codes.
Valid point because I do understand that military service of younger kids isn't something new, but it's the only thing that crossed my mind when referring to "life experience" coming quicker than normal when it comes to being over seas as deployed military.

I really didn't mean to come off as snarky as I did in my original post, but I can see by the context of his post why you responded the way you did. I use "younger generation" words and language more times than I can count, but only in the context of people who know my intelligence spans farther than calling something retarded.

Again, emotion doesn't carry well in text and after reading back what I wrote it was more of a "quick response" to the jab at someone in a similar age range than me and it came off wrong. For that, I apologize.
 

maflynn

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You people need help. The only reason area codes have ever mattered is long distance charges. Those have mostly gone away. THAT is the difference today that matters.
That might have been true 20 years ago, but today with the 7 digit numbers running out, they've had to create new area codes to accommodate the demand.

This is why Massachusetts has so many area codes and all of local. The Boston area alone as 617 and 857, that's not for long distance charges but unique numbers
Massachusetts_Area_Code_Map.png
 

Beachguy

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I really didn't mean to come off as snarky as I did in my original post, but I can see by the context of his post why you responded the way you did. I use "younger generation" words and language more times than I can count
No problem. :) I use old coot words too often. LOL
 

Hello...

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You people need help. The only reason area codes have ever mattered is long distance charges. Those have mostly gone away. THAT is the difference today that matters.
Yep, it's only a number...