Reference pages and telephone codes

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Laurie’s recent review of the Executive reminds me of a subject that came up in our recent survey, and that I’ve been meaning to blog about for a while… the international telephone codes that are listed in the reference sections of our planners.

As you might guess, they’re a holdover from the pre-Internet era, when that information wasn’t a Google search away and Skype had not been invented. Laurie says she still uses hers; I never have, but the data geek in me would still be somewhat sad to see them go. Uzbekistan is 10 hours ahead of us? Nepal and India 10 and a half?

As a bonus bit of trivia, I found myself wondering what “correspondent’s number” referred to in the Regional Area Code column. Nothing too mysterious, it turns out — simply that that country doesn’t have regional codes, so you should just go ahead and dial your correspondent’s number after dialing the country code.

Do you use the telephone access code chart?

6 thoughts on “Reference pages and telephone codes

  1. Can’t afford to take my smart phone on travel with me. Not always near an internet access point, either. Last year in Israel while Egypt was falling apart, they were a major source of comfort. Gadgets are great, but when they’re not working, there’s nothing like emergency backup!

    These are invaluable during emergencies and natural disasters. I may not be able to read the phone book of the country I’m in, but I’ll have this little list. Think hurricanes in Florida. Think revolutions in the region you’re visiting. Think about the tsunami in Japan and needing to call other countries in a hurry!

    Just like a smart phone or computer will perform many of the functions of our paper planners, yet crash without warning, these pages are one of the best answers to dead electronics. Quick – all the cell towers are down, you can’t plug into a charger because the electrics are off and have been for days, but the old fashioned land line still has a dial tone and you REALLY need to make a call overseas to let people know their loved one is alive and in the hospital. Now you know what it’s like living through a hurricane.

    Leave these pages in.

  2. Never use them at all. Of course, I don’t travel or interact internationally. I don’t use the address book either.

  3. Thanks for linking my post! Not to be too picky, but Nepal is actually on the 45 minutes. Which was really hard to get used to at first when I was living there!

    As you mentioned, I do use all the reference pages, a lot. I travel internationally often, and I don’t have a smartphone so I can’t access info at my fingertips. But my planner goes everywhere with me.

    Once (only once!) I made the mistake of traveling internationally without my planner and needed to call the US to unfreeze my credit card (because I had forgotten to tell them I was traveling). It took me a long, frustrating time to find out what the dialing codes were! It’s really convenient for me to have that info all the time in my planner.

    There are still some of us who are not connected to the internet at all times and need to carry reference info with us! And like you said, sometimes I just like it out of pure interest. 🙂

  4. I do, because I find it’s easier to look up the information in my planner compared to finding it on the internet… and I don’t always have access to the internet… were as I always have my planner with me.

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