Can’t Find A Phone Number? Study Finds Millions Recycled Each Year

Have you ever called someone, only to find that the person on the other end of the line wasn't who you were expecting? If it wasn't misdialed number, chances are, you reached one of the millions of telephone users with a recycled phone number.

According to a recent report by the Federal Communications Commission, every year, nearly 37 million phone numbers are recycled. This means that a new subscriber is given a phone number that previously belonged to someone else. The standard waiting time for reassigning a number is one year for businesses and 90 days for personal numbers, but with an increasing amount of mobile phone users, the window is becoming shorter.

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