People living in the United States would always read out their phone numbers like this: XXX XXX XXXX, groups of 3, 3 and 4, where the first 3 digits together represents the area code. Social security numbers are xxx xx xxxx groups of 3 ,2 and 4.
Everyone follows this pattern, works just fine.
I wanted to see what would happen if I broke this pattern. Got an opportunity a few days back. Was talking to a Sales rep. of the local Cable company. When I was asked the phone number I broke the conventional 3-3-4 pattern and went 4 5 1 pattern. When I was asked to repeat, I followed a 5 5 pattern.
The sales person was confused and I was requested to break the number up into the regular pattern ie. 3-3-4.
Exactly the same thing, when I had to tell someone my Social security number. I broke the conventional 3-2-4 pattern and it resulted in confusion !!
That said: When I talk to people in India, the way each one gives you the phone number is really funny. Absolutely no patterns. The cell numbers are sometimes broken into xxxxx xxxxx pattern, but I don't see anyone following any patterns for their home numbers.
Nine double eight four double zero triple eight two !! This is how someone told me their cell number. Translates to 9884008882 ! I called another friend and asked him the phone number of my other friend...I mean the number 9884008882 and this is how he said :
Nine double eight four, double zero triple eight two !
I didn't stop there, I called this other friend, who totally surprised me by reading it out as
988-400-8882 , just like how it's done here in the US !
No wonder Indians are (considered) good at numbers !
QUESTION - Does anyone know the Cellphone number patterns in India ? Is there a meaningful grouping ? Same thing about home numbers.