Phone number to words

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This service converts a phone number into easy to remember words.

Many telephone keypads have letters with the numbers, from which words, names, acronyms, abbreviations or alphanumeric combinations can be formed. These words are known as phonewords. Phonewords are easier to remember than a meaningless sequence of numbers.

For example:
212-272-5263 becomes a-1-barb-lane

Businesses use phonewords in advertisements on television, billboard or radio.

There are different telephone keypads, each with a different number-letters mapping. But most phones built today place letters on the phone keypad according to the ITU E.161 standard:

ITU E.161 standaard phone keypad

This service does not only convert a phone number to words, but it converts words into a phone number and convert a phone number to all letters combinations. Due to the large amount of data the letter combinations is limited to maximum 60000.

How this service works:

  1. Select an action to be applied:
    • Convert phone number to words
    • Convert words to phone number
    • Convert phone number to all letter combinations
  2. Enter a phone number.
    The phone number may contain 3 to 10 letters and numbers separated by spaces, dashes "-" or
    round brackets "(  )".
  3. If "Convert phone number to words" is selected choose an English or Dutch word list to verify the phonewords.
    If "Convert phone number to all letter combinations" is selected, you can apply an number of filter options.
  4. Press the Convert button. The action may take a while. Please be patient.

Input generate phone number to words:

Action to be applied *: Help
Phone number
3 to 10 alphanumeric characters
Use word list *: Help
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Output generate phone number to words: