Telephone Numbers

Directory assistance charge mooted

Hundreds of people who use a telephone directory assistance service more than 50 times a month may be asked to pay a charge.

Thursday, 5 August, 2010, 12:00am

Free directory inquiry under threat

Free directory inquiry calls and White Pages telephone directories could be things of the past if measures in a consultation paper released yesterday by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) are introduced.

7 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Number shortage could give HK a ring moan

Hong Kong may be just seven years away from having to add a ninth digit to phone numbers - even though, in theory, 99,999,999 eight-digit numbers are available for a population of less than 7 million men, women and children.

To put off the advent of nine-digit numbers, the telecoms watchdog is considering charging for numbers.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Most 999 calls pranks or wrong numbers

Nearly 60 per cent of calls made to the 999 centre in the first half of the year had been nuisance calls or from people who had dialled the wrong number, police statistics show. The call centre dealt with 1,108,035 calls between January and June, or 6,121 a day. Of the total, only 462,545, or 42 per cent, were genuine.

30 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Bureaucratic timidity leaves spammer in the works for mobile users

THERE IS MORE trouble brewing for PCCW than just a political spat about how its controlling shareholder, Richard Li Tzar-kai, is divesting his shares.

18 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Blue pages

The trafficking of women and children worldwide is now known to be a larger and more widespread business than the drug trade.

15 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

'Lucky' phone number fetches $2.19m

Sichuan telecommunication authorities yesterday auctioned the telephone number 88888888 for a record 2.33 million yuan (HK$2.19 million), Xinhua reported.

The number was sold to Sichuan Airlines, which will use the number for a 24-hour customer service hotline. An additional '8' will be added to the number for long-distance callers, because Chengdu uses the area code '28'.

19 Aug 2003 - 12:00am


The Ministry of Information Industry is likely to impose a fee on telephone numbers allocated to carriers, a move that could cut slightly into profits, a BOC International research report said. Estimates suggest the ministry could draw between 50 and 100 million yuan (about $94 million) a year with the fees.

22 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Subscriber numbers fall

Contract mobile-subscriber numbers fell in two successive months, suggesting that growth may have already peaked this year. There were 4.27 million subscribers at August 31 - down 2,420 from July, according to the Office of the Telecommunications Authority. Numbers fell 4,824 from a peak of 4.28 million as of June 30.

25 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Three mobile-phone operators issued with 6-prefix numbers

The first batch of 300,000 mobile phone numbers starting with the digit 6 have been issued and are expected to reach the market next month.

New World PCS, Orange and People have been allocated 100,000 numbers each, starting with the digits 603, 607 and 609.

7 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

War focus switches to long-distance rates

The focus of price wars in the mobile-phone sector's battleground has apparently shifted from airtime charges to long-distance call rates.

City Telecom - which is not a mobile operator - earlier this year offered promotional low-cost IDD services for mobile-phone users.

11 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Portability day shows a lack of mobility in service providers

In what was to be a watershed week for Hong Kong's 2.9 million mobile subscribers who had been granted the ability to retain their phone numbers, glitches have marred what was hoped to be a simple transfer process.

Hundreds of mobile-phone users who chose to move numbers to new operators found their existing provider less than expedient in releasing them.

5 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Number woes prompt deadline rethink

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) is considering delaying the deadline for the implementation of cellular number portability after problems raised by some operators.

Last Month, Ofta announced it had set January 1 next year as the date number portability should be operational.

11 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Directory swap boosts recycling

If it takes the death of one tree to produce 66 telephone directories, a recycling competition has saved 19 trees from destruction.

Youngsters taking part in the Old Directories Recycling Programme collected 1,290 old phone books in the contest co-organised by the Conservancy Association and Telecom Directories.

1 May 1998 - 12:00am

Mainland guide lists two million phone numbers, addresses and e-mails

When he was a poor graduate student newly arrived in the United States 13 years ago, Don Xia delivered Yellow Pages directories from the back of his car.

Today, Mr Xia is helping create the largest Yellow Pages directory of Chinese businesses.

It is called ChinaBIG, and it is aptly named.

28 Oct 1997 - 12:00am