118 800 mobile phone directory fails on launch

Last week we reported the launch of 118 800, the UK's first mobile phone directory. A telephone service that connects users to one of the 16 million numbers in its database, we along with many other critics took a stand on its invasion of privacy, asking readers to remove their details if necessary.


But in an ironic turn of events, the service's launch on Tuesday was marred by a major technical error that failed to connect users to any of its mobile numbers. As of yesterday the service itself was still up and running, but the system which connects users was inoperative. "Unfortunately, a technical issue means people calling 118 800 this morning are not currently able to connect to mobile numbers," a spokesman said. "118 800 are working hard to rectify this technical problem."

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