Misdialed call

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A misdialed call or wrong number is a telephone call to an incorrect telephone number.wikipedia
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Area codes 919 and 984

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In Raleigh, North Carolina, a 2012 change which forced subscribers to dial the 919 area code on local calls caused a 20% increase in total calls to 9-1-1, a result of frequent misdials.
Ten-digit dialing for local calls became optional on October 1, 2011, and became mandatory across the Triangle on March 31, 2012, a move which has resulted in thousands of wrong number calls to 9-1-1 instead of 919.

555 (telephone number)

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This is often avoided by using reserved or invalid numbers (such as 555 (telephone number)), or by displaying a real area code and number which belongs to the publisher of the fictional work.
Tommy Tutone's song "867-5309/Jenny" and the cinematic release of Bruce Almighty displaying 776-2323 as a number to call God both led to misdialed calls in multiple area codes.


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By tying up millions of easily remembered numbers, these schemes force businesses to use overlay plan area codes or numbers without mnemonic phonewords.
The dialing of 1 or 0 instead of I or O in phonewords can lead to misdialed calls; one such typosquatting incident targeted 1-800-HOLIDAY (+1-800-465-4329, the toll-free direct reservations line for Holiday Inn) by subscribing 1-800-H0LIDAY (+1-800-405-4329, the same number with 'o' replaced by 'zero') to a rival vendor which stood to collect a profitable travel agent's commission.


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Well-known fictional numbers like 867-5309 (Jenny's number, from a popular 1982 song) and 776-2323 (God's number in the 2003 cinema release of Bruce Almighty) continue to receive misdialled calls years later.
In 2013, the number was still ringing up fifty misdialled calls daily for Florida realtor Carrie Routt in area code 850.


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In some cases, commercial rivals have engaged in wilful typosquatting to profit from misdial traffic.
Misdialed call#Toll-free numbers (for similar attacks on vanity toll-free telephone number phonewords)

Priscilla Bonner

Although realizing it was likely a wrong number, Priscilla seized the opportunity to have her picture taken there.

Corporal Punishment (Blackadder)

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Captain Blackadder receives numerous calls to the wrong number before finally having a call with orders to advance.

Telephone numbers in New Zealand

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New Zealand landline phone numbers have a total of eight digits excluding the leading 0: a one-digit area code, and a seven-digit phone number (e.g. 09 700 1234), beginning with a digit between 2 and 9 (but excluding 900, 911, and 999 due to misdial guards).

Toll-free telephone numbers in the North American Numbering Plan

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The original 800-code operated for over thirty years before its 7.8 million possible numbers were depleted, but new toll-free area codes are being depleted at an increasing rate both by more widespread use of the numbers by voice-over-IP, pocket pagers, residential, and small business use, and widespread abuse by RespOrgs and subscribers who stockpile the numbers for use in misdial marketing, response tracking for individual advertisements (each ad from each client gets a different freephone number) or sale, lease or shared use.

Intercept message

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As the owner of a toll-free telephone number must pay to receive all long-distance calls (including misdial calls), a toll-free subscriber may request that the responsible organization for a toll-free number (often but not always the inbound long-distance carrier) configure the number to only be reachable from specific area codes, from within one province or state or from specified cities.

Area code 716

Calls to God may be placed to 776-2323, according to the cinema release of Bruce Almighty; that number was removed from the video release & TV versions as, while it was (and remains) unassigned in Buffalo's area code 716, it was routinely misdialled to other area codes as a nuisance call to actual subscribers.

The Right Number

The Right Number follows a man who accidentally meets up with a stranger rather than his own girlfriend after misdialing a phone call.

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.

Nuisance call

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Misdialed call

Performance-based advertising

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Toll-free telephone numbers are also notoriously prone to misdials which a company must pay to receive - often because a little-used number is one digit away from a major airline, hotel chain, hire car firm, bank or national franchise operator.

Telephone call

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A misdialed call or wrong number is a telephone call to an incorrect telephone number.

Telephone number

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A misdialed call or wrong number is a telephone call to an incorrect telephone number.

Telephone numbering plan

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This may occur because the number has been physically misdialled, the number is simply incorrect, or because the area code or ownership of the number has changed.

North American Numbering Plan

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In North America, toll-free numbers are a frequent source of wrong numbers because they often have a history of prior ownership.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, many misdialled calls have been due to public confusion over the dialling codes for some areas.

UK telephone code misconceptions

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In the United Kingdom, many misdialled calls have been due to public confusion over the dialling codes for some areas.

Called party

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The recipient of a wrong number is usually unknown to the caller.

Calling party

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The recipient of a wrong number is usually unknown to the caller.