## 8 digit phone number

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### 8 digit phone number

So earlier today I got several phone calls from a 8-digit phone number. When I answered I heard what seemed to be a voice and alot of distortion similar to the sound one of those old-timey modems made.

From what I understand that shouldn't even be possible.(I'm in the U.S. btw) When I called sprint they were as confused as I. Anyone have any ideas what could be happening?
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### Re: 8 digit phone number

Caller ID spoofing.

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### Re: 8 digit phone number

Several countries, such as Australia, have an 8-digit phone number. It's possible someone from there is accidentally trying to fax you something.
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### Re: 8 digit phone number

I see some telemarketers that have a number as their name in caller ID. Usually it's the same as the actual phone number (the phone shows both), but I can imagine for some reason someone having a random 8-digit number.

Also, I sometimes get calls from 000-000-0000. O_o
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### Re: 8 digit phone number

I agree with Xanthir. Some countries, like Australia, have 8 digit phone numbers. Also, could it have been a special number with maybe an area or country code? For example, in Australia, there are certain toll free numbers that are 6 digits, and we have 2 digit area codes (not sure if it is possible). Could it have been a 1800 number with the 1800 chopped off? It may be possible that your phone is misinterpreting a mobile phone number. Or maybe it was a call from a payphone, although they usually have caller ID blocking.

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### Re: 8 digit phone number

I'm pretty sure an international call would have the country code in the number, which is to say the country code + the area code + the local number. Also my phone doesn't give me the name of my caller (unless I program it in) just the number so it can't be a caller ID thing.
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### Re: 8 digit phone number

And you're sure God isn't trying to get ahold of you?
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### Re: 8 digit phone number

Unlikely, but I'll ask him when I go to his house this weekend.
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### Re: 8 digit phone number

In case anybody cares, I figured it out. Somebody was trying to send my phone an instant message.
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### Re: 8 digit phone number

Well that doesn't help my question...

Calls from my university are un-redial-able because they're 8 digits instead of 7. University staff members are pretty clueless; I was hoping this thread would provide insight.

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### Re: 8 digit phone number

DreadArchon wrote:Well that doesn't help my question...

Calls from my university are un-redial-able because they're 8 digits instead of 7. University staff members are pretty clueless; I was hoping this thread would provide insight.

have you tried chopping off a digit from the left or right
also you could try putting the area code first (at least from my experience I can put my own area code for a number in the same area code)

just had a thought, some large phone networks (company for example) require you to press '0' before dialing, could this be transferred through? (on second thought that wouldn't effect the number being dialled from)

at a hospital once my mum wanted to use dial up internet on her laptop, so I chucked a zero infront of the dialling address and it worked, they kicked her off after about 20 minutes I think, no idea how