“I like the phone book analogy,” said Claude, “but this system seems more complicated.”
“Not really,” I said. “Have you tried getting a new phone number recently?”
“Yes,” Claude answered, “I got a new phone number when I signed up for my residential Internet-based phone service-the voice-over-IP stuff I was talking about earlier.”
“So that's the first step-finding a service provider,” I continued. “The market's pretty competitive now for any kind of phone service, whether it's wireless or fixed-line. Voice-over-IP adds some interesting twists, though. What area code did you choose for your phone number?”
“The local one,” he said. “I didn't have a reason not to.”
“You mean he could have chosen a different area code?” Anita ...