The Perils of Recycling Phone Numbers

One inexpensive and non-technical way to reduce the consumption of telephone numbers — and thereby deal with area-code exhaustion — is to recycle telephone numbers. That works, but it comes with consequences, as this story shows [via FARK]:

A 16-year-old [Norwegian] girl has received text messages meant for Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and is constantly being called by journalists. She says she has been tempted to pretend to be the PM’s secretary, but so far has just fielded the calls with a smile, newspaper Drammens Tidende reports.

Camilla Reiersrud got a new cell phone for Christmas, and in Norway old numbers are recycled. The number that accompanied Camilla’s NetCom subscription was far from average – it was the prime minister’s former number.