Why do some people quote their phone numbers in funny ways on voice mails?
Most Australian phone numbers come in two varieties:
A local number, eg 7010 5105. (Let’s ignore the two digit area code for now; it’s not usually relevant in voice mails).
Or a mobile number, eg 0491 570 156.
How I’ve written them above is pretty much the standard, and that’s how I expect them to be quoted verbally. It’s no accident — with local numbers, the first four digits determines the phone exchange.
So I have enormous difficulties when someone decides to vary that, which often happens if they decide that part of the number repeats, so they should emphasise that, for instance 70 105 105. Or quoting a mobile number like a landline: 04 9157 0156. Something in my brain doesn’t scan the verbal input properly, and I have to hear it again to be sure I’ve written it down right.
It’s doubly difficult if in a voice mail they only say it once, and too quickly.
Please, stick to the formula.