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STUPID QUESTION: How do I make a phone call from a motel?

 
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Clinton



Joined: 21 Jun 2009

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:58 am    Post subject: STUPID QUESTION: How do I make a phone call from a motel? Reply with quote

OK

I feel really idiotic. I have no cell phone and am in a motel and want to order food.

The number seems local and is 7 digits. Yet I can't get past the dial tone! When I push all 7 numbers, nothing happens, just the dial tone.

Help???
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CentralCali



Joined: 17 May 2007

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Generally, you have to dial 8 first, then dial the number. Note that most hotels/yeogwans in which I've stayed in Korea only permit calling to numbers in the hotel's area/city code. For example, if you're staying in a hotel in Busan with the area code of 051 and try to dial a land-line in Busan, you shouldn't have a problem. If you wish to call a friend's cell phone number, you're out of luck because the area/city code for the cell is not 051.
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Clinton



Joined: 21 Jun 2009

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ugh, the 8 didn't work. This is really frustrating.

Dialing 8 (or any number) seems to give the dial tone a pause... But as soon as I start pushing the local number, it goes back to the dial tone.

And I'm dialing a 7-digit number for various food advertisements inside the motel so I'm pretty sure they're local...

Sad
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CentralCali



Joined: 17 May 2007

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some places require you to dial 8 first, others require 9 first. They all, at least in my experience, require you to dial the full local phone number including the area code. Oh, and some places only incoming calls are possible.

Repeat: Dial the full 10-digit number including the area code.
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schwa



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: sokcho

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Typically, its 9 to dial out. Failing that, ask at the front desk.
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hogwonguy1979



Joined: 22 Dec 2003
Location: the racoon den

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gee post here and wait a while for a response or walk a minute to the front desk and ask, even if your korean is non existent it should be easy to mime

some people are so stupid
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ewlandon



Joined: 30 Jan 2011
Location: teacher

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love when people ask the internet how telephones work.
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orosee



Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Location: Hannam-dong, Seoul

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ewlandon wrote:
I love when people ask the internet how telephones work.


Laughing
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orosee



Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Location: Hannam-dong, Seoul

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My own motel experience: Each key of the phone was a speed dial to a different hooker service (photos supplied in the room). I wonder if you could ask one to pick up a burger or kimbap on the way to your room?
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