TV & Movie Phone Exchanges - Ever wonder why
phone numbers in TV shows and movies always start with a 555 prefix? Well,
producers discovered that if they used a real phone number, thousands of
curious viewers would dial the number.. So the phone company established the
nonexistent 555 exchange.
The general 555 prefix is an established feature
used in movies and television shows. It was designed to prevents people from
receiving crank calls when a phone was mentioned on a TV show or movie.
Fictitious numbers for Movies and TV use 555-0100 to 555-0199.
also note that there are some numbers on TV using prefixes such as GRAMARCY, PLAZA
or KLONDIKE which do not conform to the 555 Prefix configuration. These
prefixes reflect the exchanges-many from the 1950s-used before the common
555 prefixes were established.
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