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Why do the letters on the telephone dial start on the "2" and not the "1"?

  1. Jangaplanet profile image77
    Jangaplanetposted 6 years ago

    Why do the letters on the telephone dial start on the "2" and not the "1"?

    And why are there Letters on a Telephone Dial to begin with?

  2. missolive profile image94
    missoliveposted 6 years ago

    I remember in the 60's and 70's (ahemmm not that I'm old enough) the first three numbers of our home phone number were identified with letters instead of numbers. hmmm not sure why.

    While we are at it - why do drive through atm's have brail ?

  3. Jangaplanet profile image77
    Jangaplanetposted 6 years ago

    That's so true missolive. I never noticed that on atm's.  I was curious to know the reason after you asked this question so I searched for an explanation online and  found this: " A federal law passed several years ago required ATM machines to provide equal access to disabled persons. The law doesn’t differentiate between drive-up or walk-up machine and all Atm's need to have Brails installed."

  4. otsipaku profile image80
    otsipakuposted 6 years ago

    I guess that number "1" is left for short numbers. For example many countries have emergency numbers starting with "1".

    But you actually got me interested and I read about the numbering history from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_number. It seems, that people just followed some system, and no-one knows, exactly, why. Like many things in this society!

 
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