Thursday, August 16, 2007


UCLA Student Has Old Hilton Cell Number

‘For months, Shira Barlow’s cell phone was flooded with wrong-number calls and text messages, mostly between 2 and 4 a.m. on weekends. Told they had reached a college student, callers refused to believe it.

“Baby girl, how are you?” one man purred in a foreign accent. “Why are you doing this?” a woman asked. “This is so rude.” And there were several seemingly random references to “Paris.”

As in Paris Hilton. [..]

Barlow had been given a recycled phone number that used to be Hilton’s. The practice stems from efforts to conserve phone numbers to minimize area-code splitting. [..]

Barlow plans to keep the number because she says it has been a greater source of amusement than a hassle.’

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