stupid 9 outside line
“Now the last piece is this: You may think that in-band signaling is a thing of the past, but it isn't. In the telecom company's infinite wisdom, they have overloaded this switch-hook depression to an extreme degree. It can be a hang-up request to "start over", it can be a rotary "1", AND, if you happen to have already connected to a party, it is now the "flash" signal, a request to put the first caller on hold, and get a new line, for three-way calling, etc.
So, here is what I think happened. I dial
2. aw shit, I'm not at work
4. don't hear dial tone (because we are connecting to emergancy dispatcher!)
6. Dial my lady... yack away... moments later, troops arrive!
Just to let you know to be cautious in a similar circumstance.”
Also found this link, from the same page as above. If you’re brave and really want to find out, maybe you can under the “North American Numbering Plan Administration.”
The North American Numbering Plan Administration? Really? We have an organization just dedicated to this? Sounds like a horrifically boring job...