The number’s up for four-digit dialling

It’s not only water that is in short supply on St Helena, it seems – the island is also running out of numbers.

Cable & Wireless has announced that all the island’s telephones will have five-digit numbers from 1 October 2013, because the growing population means there are not enough four-digit numbers left.

From that date, they will all start with the number 2: leaving another range of numbers available for the introduction of mobile phones by 2015.

The news may come as a blow to producers at the BBC World Service programme Sportsview, to which Nick Stevens is an occasional contributor.

Editor Matt Davies told St Helena Online: “I am not sure if he is our most isolated pundit but we did note in the office this week that he was the one with the shortest phone number.”

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