Bad math

Bad math - November 6, 2002
We didn't mention this yesterday and tons of people wrote in for us to post it. The Bangkok Post reports: When they changed from the seven-digit to eight-digit system in July last year, executives of the former Telephone Organisation of Thailand claimed it would be able to meet demand for the next 50 years, with 800 million new numbers available. The 800 million figure took into account the zero prefix that every user must dial. In reality, only 90 million numbers are available, based on eight-digit numbers starting with 1 to 9. At the bottom of this page is a letter to the editor that explains that the scheme actually added no new numbers combinations at all... And TOT Corporation is being questioned about inefficient number allocation

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