As a lot of you know, our voicemail number is currently 111. Unfortunately a few of our members are using a Nexus One and Google in its infinite wisdom have decided to redirect the number to 112. Also, I think the government is going to steal our number in the future. They've somehow laid claim to it. I don't know the details, but men in black suits and sunglasses came around and informed us.
So here is your change to come up with our new voicemail number!
I've got a list here of numbers we can't use, which I won't publish, but will let your know if you pick one that is already in use.
So you don't have to come up with a number yourself, you can simply endorse someone else's suggestion.
Also, please bear in mind you can't use numbers starting with 1 or three repeated numbers like 222, 333, 444, etc.
Tomorrow evening I will see what the best numbers are and will then create a poll which will run until the end of Thursday after which we will try and get the chosen number.
Have fun and good luck!
O2 uses 901
Tesco uses 905, and it is a virtual brand on O2
giffgaff is already using a number ending in 904 as the number diverted to for voicemail
I suggest 904 would probably be easy to obtain or may even be already reserved by O2
so 904, 906, something like that?
or do people like sequential numbers like 456? - might be less likely to be still available though
edit: I thought of 434 similar to trick202's suggestion, and to the sms short code numbers, but I wonder if that will lead to a bit of confusion, especially if one of those might also be used for calling to top up (which doesn't seem impossible at the moment)
it's useful to have something that's easy on the keypad (I had an old credit card PIN of 9658 that I couldn't remember until I thought about the pattern),
... but on the other hand a lot of people will use speed-dial 1 anyway (once we've all taught each other how to edit that again)
Yeah, after I posted, I looked at the keyboard on the office phone.
Maybe something easy on the thumbs/wrist - i.e. 0,8,9 are all a bit of a pain in the thumb 1,4,5,2 are all pretty easy to reach and within the natural grip of one's hand.
I know this might sound a silly idea - so I apologize if I offend anyone's brain power ;-)
But... can't we just solve the issue using a simple 0800xyz number?
I'm not really into telcoms (I'm into networking) but I wonder if the network can actually and securely get caller ID. Should this is possible:
- if I call it from my giffgaff num, it will get directly connected to the caller's voicemail box
- if I call it from a landline or a non giffaff number, I will be prompted for my pin and access the mailbox even if I've lost/forgot my phone.
What do you think?