Fictitious telephone number

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Ranges for fictitious telephone numbers are common in most telephone numbering plans.wikipedia
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555 (telephone number)

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In North America, the area served by the North American Numbering Plan (NANPA) system of area codes, fictitious telephone numbers are usually of the form (XXX) 555-xxxx.
The central office code is also used for fictitious telephone numbers in North American television shows, films, video games, and other media in order to prevent practical jokers and curious callers from bothering telephone subscribers and organizations by calling telephone numbers they see in works of fiction.

North American Numbering Plan

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In North America, the area served by the North American Numbering Plan (NANPA) system of area codes, fictitious telephone numbers are usually of the form (XXX) 555-xxxx.
American television programs and films often use the central office code 555, or KLamath 5 and KLondike 5 in older movies and shows, for fictitious telephone numbers, to prevent disturbing actual telephone subscribers if anyone is tempted to dial a telephone number seen on screen.

867-5309/Jenny

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Tommy Tutone's hit 1982 song "867-5309/Jenny" identifies a working number in many area codes which continue to receive large numbers of calls asking for "Jenny" decades later.
Fictitious telephone number

Telephone numbers in New Zealand

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555 or a variant remains potentially valid outside North America; New Zealand uses mobile *555 to report traffic collisions.
New Zealand has no dedicated series of fictional telephone numbers.

Easter egg (media)

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Occasionally, a real number serves as an Easter egg, as the publisher directs a number they own to a promotional message, a contest line or other content which ties into the original programme.
Easter eggs may still appear in the content itself, such as a hidden Mickey in a Disney film or a real telephone number instead of a 555 fictitious telephone number.

Coffee Talk

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The number to call was always 555-4444, each "four" again said with the same accent (though, in some later airings, the 555 is bleeped out and covered up on screen, as 555-4444 is no longer a fictitious telephone number).

Telephone numbers in the Republic of Ireland

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020 91x xxxx — Drama use (although the rest of the 020 area code is free).

Placeholder name

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Placeholder telephone numbers are often allocated from ranges such as 555 (where +1-areacode-555-1212 is reserved in North America for directory assistance applications) to avoid generating misdialled calls to working numbers. In the United Kingdom, Ofcom has set aside a range of numbers in larger geographic area codes, as well as fictional area code 01632 (0632 having been the code for Newcastle upon Tyne until replaced by 091 in the 1980s), for dramatic use.

Telephone numbers in the United Kingdom

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This is similar to the use of fictitious telephone numbers in the United States and Canada starting with the digits 555.

Telephone number

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However, elsewhere, as in the United States, fictitious telephone numbers are often used in films and on television to avoid disturbances by calls from viewers.

Big Number Change

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These fictional numbers were originally made available by Oftel for dramatic purposes, for example for quoting in TV, radio and film.

Telephone numbering plan

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In North America, the area served by the North American Numbering Plan (NANPA) system of area codes, fictitious telephone numbers are usually of the form (XXX) 555-xxxx. Ranges for fictitious telephone numbers are common in most telephone numbering plans.

Mobile phone

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Outside NANPA, special fictitious telephone numbers for mobile phones, premium-rate numbers or toll free numbers are sometimes assigned as well.

Premium-rate telephone number

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Outside NANPA, special fictitious telephone numbers for mobile phones, premium-rate numbers or toll free numbers are sometimes assigned as well.

Toll-free telephone number

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Outside NANPA, special fictitious telephone numbers for mobile phones, premium-rate numbers or toll free numbers are sometimes assigned as well.

I Love Lucy

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In the I Love Lucy episode The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub (1951), Lucy dials up Sam Zabaglione, at Plaza 52099 (755-2099).

Tommy Tutone

Tommy Tutone's hit 1982 song "867-5309/Jenny" identifies a working number in many area codes which continue to receive large numbers of calls asking for "Jenny" decades later.

Michael Moore

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In 1992, filmmaker Michael Moore unwittingly included footage of himself reciting his telephone number in the documentary Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint.

Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint

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In 1992, filmmaker Michael Moore unwittingly included footage of himself reciting his telephone number in the documentary Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint.

PBS

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He received 314 phone calls in just the first day following its broadcast on PBS.

The Marvelettes

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The all-girl singing group The Marvelettes had an early Motown hit record in 1962 with "Beechwood 4-5789", written by Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson and George Gordy.

Motown

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The all-girl singing group The Marvelettes had an early Motown hit record in 1962 with "Beechwood 4-5789", written by Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson and George Gordy.

Beechwood 4-5789

The all-girl singing group The Marvelettes had an early Motown hit record in 1962 with "Beechwood 4-5789", written by Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson and George Gordy.