On Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 4:19 AM, Joe Abley <jabley(a)hopcount.ca> wrote:
Perhaps the importance of phone numbers is dwindling, and enum, no
matter how enthusiastically promoted, will be dragged down with them.
Why anyone gets so attached to 'their' phone number (which is not
really theirs, but rather their telco's) is beyond me. Maybe it's
years of telco propaganda, or just that they're afraid nobody will be
able to contact them if they change it - which is clearly nonsense,
you just ring a few other people who know the person you're trying to
ring, and ask if they have a new number for them, or read their
facebook page, or send them an email, etc. These days it seems
everyone has more than one telephone number, so surely they can be
reached at one of many, which diminishes the importance of any single
I really like the innovation of .tel - http://www.telnic.org/faq.html
- seems a great idea to me.
It certainly does seem that skype has captured the vast majority of
voip end users, so I don't think there's much point trying to
recapture them with something else. They just won't understand if it's
harder than a couple of clicks.