01 for London

London’s been 01, 071, 081, 0171, 0181, then 020. No wonder so many people don’t know their own telephone number.



CD-ROMs were the flavour of the 1990s. What happened to them?

Phone numbers you had to remember

Nowadays, we have subcontracted out the memorising of numbers to our devices, not our brains. You used to have to know someone’s number to be able to dial it, or look it up in a phone directory or the soon-to-be extinct Yellow Pages.

The Internet over your phone

Of course you have the Internet on your phone. (Well, you probably do. Although sales of dumb phones are on the rise, so maybe you don’t.) Once, though, your landline was your essential entry point to the online world.