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telephone number column type

What is the recommended way of storing 10 digit phone numbers? I like
bigint(10), but it seems most are using varchar? Or I've also seen 2
int columns, one for area code and another for the rest of the digits?

I wish phone numbers had their own column type, so I can send
123-456-7890 or (123) 456-7890 or whatever and have mysql do the right
Jul 19 '05 #1
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