How do you recognise a mobile number versus a landline number in Germany?
Do all mobile numbers start 01 and all landlines start with 0 and then another number that isn't 1?
Like, I think my new landline is 06151 blah blah, and my new mobile 01767 blah blah.
Are all mobile numbers generally start with 017, or can the third digit be any number?
Very inconvenient that they have it the opposite way around to the UK ;-)
And, as an amusing aside, if you text a landline in Germany, does the answerphone verbally speak the words...?
They've started with 170 and 171 (DT, methinks) and moved up and down the line from there. All mobile numbers, including those europe, use the US-style (XXX) XXX-XXXX ten digit number
Because they were dumb enough to invent the telephone, Canada and the US screwed up by having (XXX) XXX-XXXX numbers for everything. That's why they're running out of numbers. Trivia question: Why were the big cities, regardless of geographic location, assigned low-number area codes (NYC 212, LA 213, etc.?) while podunk areas got 717, 909, etc.? Answer: Because these required the shortest-length dial pulls on the part of the human switchboard operators
who had to put through the call in the era before direct-dial long-distance and touch-tone (shortest pulls on the rotary dial ... which, statistically, would be most requested).
Similarly but not quite, the Germans have a pretty logical system ... the bigger the town, the smaller the area code. Berlin's (30), Frankfurt's (69), but out in the boonies you can have (XXXX). this is pretty future-proof. The only problem is that you never know how many local numbers to expect ... it could be anything from XXX to infinity. The Japanese have an even better system ... they went to 8-digit XXXX-XXXX local numbers to give many, many more permutations.
In London, they've moved to the Japanese system, but no one seems to know it. (20) is the city code for London, but they always give their numbers as "+44 (207) XXX-XXXX. and then they start all that "double 2, treble 3" nonesense that makes it impossible to write down their number correctly. Then you snap on UK TV and the prices in adverts are "two-nine-nine" instead of 'two-ninety-nine" ... go figure. Don't even get me started on the "drei mal die zwei, funfundzwanzig zwei mal die zwo" or two-digit endless machine gun ("NULL - funfundsiebsich-zweiundfunfzich dreiundzwanzich-einunddreisich-etc." stuff one gets here It has to shave a full point off of German annual GDP growth because the person on the other end has a 50-50 shot of getting it wrong every time!
P.S. I'm convinced that all of europe (including the UK) could lower their carbon footprint by eliminating the unnecessary "0" in front of telephone numbers painted on the sides of commercial vehicles that only a moron wouldn't be able to assume is as necessary as a '1' is in front of a US number for an out-of-exchange number