->''"Well, that's easy to remember: ♪ 0118 999 881 999 119 725 -{{beat}}- 3 ♪"''
-->--'''Moss''', ''{{Series/The IT Crowd}}''

A phone number is much longer than a real phone number, or noticeably longer than other phone numbers given at the same time. The entire number may be listed or the audience may simply see a character dialing far more digits than would be reasonably expected without seeing which digits they are. Sometimes the number will be an international number and the extra digits are presumably country and area codes, but more often than not [[RuleOfFunny no explanation is given]].

Usually a type of OverlyLongGag. See also ForInconveniencePressOne.

Sort of TruthInTelevision: To dial on a public phone from Tokyo to Guadalajara, Mexico, for example, you have to dial ''0041-010-52-33-XXXX-XXXX'', where 0041 is the long distance carrier,[[note]]In this case, Softbank, and this prefix is actually optional, though it's usually not recommended to omit it for the reason shown below.[[/note]] 010 is the international long distance code,[[note]]If you chose to omit the carrier selection prefix, you will be connected through the default carrier for your phone company, usually NTT, which is well known for its extortionate rates.[[/note]] 52 is Mexico's country code, 33 is Guadalajara's city code, and XXXX-XXXX is the local phone number. Also, any extra digits are ignored once you've finished dialing a full valid number, [[PhoneWord so sometimes harmless extra letters are tacked on to a mnemonic]] (i.e. 1-800-BUSINESS-NAME).

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Played with in [[GermanMedia Ralf König's]] graphic novel ''Hempels Sofa''. As the psychotherapist protagonist Silke Hempel comes to her office in Berlin, her Cuban cleaning-woman is using the office phone, but when confronted, Conchita claims she was only making a local call to her husband. Silke then presses the redial-button, which is followed by three panels of the phone going "tickertitacka tickertitacka tickertick tacktick tickertackerticktick tickertacktik tickertacktick tackertickertack tickertacktack tacktick tickertick tickertackertick ticktacktick tackerticktacker tackertick" until she finally hears the beeps and a Spanish-speaking voice saying "aló?" (Conchita's mother in Cuba).

[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* The technical support line for the Insan-O-Flex in ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForceColonMovieFilmForTheaters''.
** Also the emergency number Carl had to dial after Meatwad sawed both his arms off.

[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* Used in ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan'' to have some Palestinian-Americans call an extraordinarily long number to reach the "Hizballah Phone-Line". It turned out that "terrorist-supply service will resume as soon as negotiations break down".
* In a surreal comedy bit, Music/JohnLennon dials one of these from his below-ground resting area in [[Music/TheBeatles the Beatles' house]] in ''Film/{{Help}}'', to set off Paul, George and Ringo's alarm clocks late at night.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The "new emergency number" in ''Series/TheITCrowd'': That's ♪ 0118 999 881 999 119 725 ...3 ♪
* In ''Series/LittleBritain Abroad'', Caroll Beer dials a lot of numbers on the telephone in order to call someone.
* ''Series/TheSoup'' had a gag like this, but it was intentionally parodying 10-10-321 (formerly 10-321) and a host of other similar ads that were advertised at the time, especially on E! network. The chain ended with "...and pi, then press 1, and then the number you want to dial!"
* ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' did this for each of its "When ______s Attack!" sketches; for example: "1 (500) I-Just-Saw-the-Brady-Bunch-Attack-Some-Person-and-Now-I'm-Calling-This-Number-to-Report-What-I-Saw".
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** An Alec Baldwin episode had a false ad promoting a new collect-call service:
-->Well hey! Don't dial direct! Now you can save 4%! Simply dial 10-10-[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution 1776]]-[[UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson 5-28-1830]]-[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII 242]]-[[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball 3]]-[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar 316-68]]-[[Music/TheMoodyBlues 22]]! Then 1, the area code, and the number you're calling!
** Another ''SNL'' episode from the early 90s featured a commercial parody of a phone company willing to provide top notch customer service, which allowed a customer to choose 123-456-789[[note]]Hyphen locations estimated[[/note]] as her number.
* Done on ''The D Generation''. A poll on a news show was "Do you think unions have too much power?". The number to call for "yes" was short and the number for "no" was ridiculously long.
* The NBC prank show ''Creator/BettyWhite's Off Their Rockers'' had an old lady approach a guy and ask him to dial one of these so that she could talk to her grandson in another country. She recited at least thirty digits before stopping and asking to start over. The second time, she took the phone back, but then said it was a wrong number.
* In "Chef Rotten Food" on ''Series/LazyTown'', this is combined with FiveFiveFive with a phone number that's nothing but 5s that seems to keep going and going.
* A B-Plot in ''Series/{{Vicious}}'' has Violet head to [[TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires Buenos Aires]], where she leaves Freddie and Stuart a message stating she's in trouble. The contact number she leaves is "[=0054-770-09-0B-B04-K51Q=]".
* In a Creator/DeanMartin and Creator/JerryLewis hosted edition of the ''Series/ColgateComedyHour'', during a library sketch, Jerry Lewis tries to call his friend Herbie so he can help him retrieve his lost library card:
-->'''Jerry''': Hey, operator, would you please be good enough to give me Academy 72467... 24771... 329984... 721111111111--''(Dean hits him on the head)''--8239... 72665444444--''(Dean hits him again)''--293... 33333'''6!''' ''[[RuleOfThree (just before Dean hits him yet again)]]'' 29?
-->'''Operator''': Sorry, this number has been changed to Academy 31658473657895468--'''aack!''' ''(Dean rolls up the phone line on itself, "strangling" her)''
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', where Crowley's phone number is just "[[NumberOfTheBeast 666]]".

[[folder: Music]]
* Creator/AllanSherman had one of these in ''The Let's All Call Up AT&T and Protest to the President March''.
** This might be considered the closest thing Sherman had to a 1960s protest song. AT&T had recently introduced direct dialing for long-distance calls, letting customers avoid the charges associated with operator-assisted calls. This required knowing a lot of extra digits. Introduced in 1951 in the NYC area, it didn't get big until the 1960s when smaller communities got the routing equipment for such calls.

[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Mitch Hedburg jokes about company [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoneword phonewords]] that are much longer than the actual phone number, saying that he always he insists on dialing the words out to the bitter end.
* Dane Cook's rant about car accidents (specifically, when the other guy is an absolute jerk) includes a list of utterly absurd details about the contact information that gets exchanged, such as a 48-digit phone number and a sketch of a monkey screwing a coconut for a name.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople: Homestar Ruiner'', if Strong Bad attempts to call Homsar with Homestar's phone, a really, really long sequence of simulated button presses (via speed dial) is heard, though the numbers can't be seen.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* A fake advert in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' features Senor Cardgage Mortgage inviting you to "come along down and dial [[FiveFiveFive 555]]-55-55855-55-5-SENOR-MORT-GAGE-TODAY!"
* WebVideo/StuartAshen once did a fake promotional message to support Sad Onions (long story). The Website/YouTube comments were quick to jump on the fact that the long phone number he recites is different from the number that scrolls along the bottom of the screen. Someone put the "promo" into its own video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax7qU-Y2nGQ here]].
* Day Job Orchestra's ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' GagDub [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=414TmP12WAU "Happy in Paraguay"]] ends with a phone number for ordering DJO [[RunningGag apple juice]], spoken very fast: "ACT NOW CALL 1-800-608-652-5612..24-652-642-, THAT'S 1-800-608-56-56-56 1-800-608-642-562-642 1-800-56-56-56-"[[spoiler:*BOOM*!]]

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** When Homer calls Japan, he dials a ridiculous series of digits (we can't see what he's dialing). At one point, he touch-tones the theme to ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''. (Note that it's made to seem longer than it is by Homer looking back to the phonebook after ''every'' digit).
** There was a similar bit on the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Bart plays a phone prank in Australia and the dial tone sounds like the National Geographic theme.
** Another example comes from "Poppa's Got A Brand New Badge", where Homer creates his own security agency. He implores customers: "don't dial [=911=], dial 636... [[FiveFiveFive 555]]... 347... 2."
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' had one episode where they cut to commercial as a character picked up the phone. When it returns, the character is still dialing, and the narrator comments, "[[LampshadeHanging If you're wondering why he's still dialing, he's calling one of those really long collect call numbers]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'': Recurring villain Dr. Jacques von Hamsterviel's phone number is, in one episode, given as "[[FiveFiveFive 555]]0198293434533655882".
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', a CutawayGag involved [[ThoseWackyNazis Hitler]] as the host of a TV talk show.
-->If you are going to be in ze Los Angeles area und vould like tickets to ''Hitler'', call 213-[[SuddenlyShouting DUWERDESTEINEKRANKENSCHWESTERBRAUCHEN]]! [[note]]"You will need a nurse" in broken German[[/note]]
** When the Griffins return from their vacation in Italy, Brian gives Stewie the long Italian phone number of 195-655-501-881-453-989-900-168-94-52.
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'':
** [[Music/AndrewWK Andrew W.K.'s]] party hotline's number is [[FiveFiveFive 555-5555-5555-555-555555555-5555-55-5-5-55-555-555-555555-55-55555-55-55.]]
** D and J's plumbing has another long phone number. 1-555-0175-D-AND-J-TODAY-FOR-ALL-YOUR-PLUMBING-NEEDS, Extension 402.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Placing a phone call in the United States using a prepaid phone card will add 25 digits to any phone number.
* Sometimes an advertisement will state to dial a number that is longer than an actual number just so that the word or words they're using to represent the number won't be cut off. You don't actually have to dial anything other than the actual number in order to reach it, but dialing the extra digits won't hurt. (For instance, "1-800-JENNY-CRAIG" is actually just 1-800-JEN-NYCR; the AIG won't do anything because the phone system already connected you and isn't listening anymore.)