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I'm still working on validating the phone numbers that are entered on a
form but have come across a problem I don't understand how to fix. I can
handle most instances when it's in regular US formats (555-555-5555 or
(555) 555-5555 or 555 555 5555) but I'm having trouble when the entry is
ten consecutive numbers with nothing else (5555555555). Not only does it
not validate, but it shows as 2147483647 when I call the variable to
check to see how it is set. I know I could break the form up into three
values as in <input name="phone[area]"> <input name="phone[code]"> and
<input name="phone[num]"> to eliminate that happening but I don't like
the look of that and I know there's a better way that I haven't found.

I tried googling for information on a preg_replace statement that could
do what I need (check the phone number and add a space between the 3rd
and 4th and the 6th and 7th digits if there isn't one there already) but
I haven't been successful.

What do I need to do to handle this?
Apr 8 '06
10 14319
NC wrote On 04/13/2006 12:02 PM:
Richard Levasseur wrote:
Are you sure about that? Is 1 not the US/CA country code?

Not exactly. When you call from outside North America, 1 is indeed the
U.S. country code. When you call from the U.S. and the first number
you dial is 1, it's a signal for the telephone exchange to switch from
local to long-distance dialing. The exchange assumes that the 10
digits after the 1 are a three-digit area code followed by a
seven-digit phone number.

Almost, but it is a bit more complex then that. If you start your
number with '10', the next three digits are then assumed to be the
actual long distance carrier that you wish to use for placing a long
distance call. So the number string becomes 15 digits. Also, this only
works from a POTS landline. It could be used in a database to indicate
that it's cheaper to use AT&T, say, in one particular special example,
though it probably wouldn't be useful enough to figure in. Nonetheless,
I have had people that have fed me phone numbers in that crazy format
before and it was confusing. (Strange people.)

- Mike
Apr 15 '06 #11

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