Time to update my contacts

Something very strange happened to me yesterday.  I was given the landline number of someone I had to call for business reasons.  As is usually the case, I dialled the number from my mobile.  When I hit the green button to place the call, the name of an ex-colleague popped up.  The number I was dialling was already stored under someone else’s name.

When the person answered the phone (actually, their voicemail kicked in), it turns out that I had indeed dialled the correct number, and the number had transitioned to the new organisation.

I even Googled the number to confirm that the number I had stored for my ex-colleague was correct—results matching her company told me that it was.

The company she works for is completely unrelated to the one I was calling.  So with 954 telephone numbers in my contact list, what are the chances?

Comments

3 Responses to “Time to update my contacts”

  1. Richard on April 10th, 2009 19:54

    Do you think the improbability is enough to make you have religious feelings and goodwill towards the proposed peerage of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor?

  2. Dan on April 10th, 2009 21:03

    Nah. 🙂

  3. John on April 15th, 2009 13:50

    See if these figures can help you work it out.

    There are 33.6M landlines in the UK, 23.4M of which are consumer. BT recycles approx 300,000 numbers every quarter.

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