Feeds

Carrier cans 'jinxed' mobile number after all owners die

'Your number's up, mate'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Bulgarian mobile network Mobitel has reportedly blocked the phone number 0888 888 888 after it emerged that everyone to whom it was assigned died.

So noted the Daily Telegraph this week, much to the undoubted joy of numerologists and conspiracy theory wonks.

But it's worth noting that two of the three owners of the number were crooks: one an organised crime boss and the other the mastermind behind a massive drug smuggling operation.

Both men - Konstantin Dimitrov and Konstantin Dishliev - were shot and killed, a common fate of those willing to dable in such matters - whatever their phone numbers.

You'll have no doubt spotted another connection between the two: their first names. But the first owner of the number wasn't Christened Konstantin. He was one Vladimir Grashnov, ironically a former Mobitel CEO, who died in 2001 of cancer.

Would he have survived had he obtained a different phone number? Who can say. It's claimed he was poisoned, but if that's the case, surely it's more likely to do with his business success than the phone number he happened to be using?

Then again, what surprises us is that the megaoctal number was re-assigned after Grashnov's death. Can Bulgaria be so short of novel numbers? Might Grashnov have been done to death in order to free the megaoctal number for another?

Is there a novel in this?

Will we ever find the IT angle? ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.