Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find some of the more
commonly asked questions regarding PhoneSpeller.
1. Vanity Number Lookup didn't return useable results for my number.
This service matches numbers against a dictionary of common terms.
Unfortunately, most numbers won't spell fancy word-phrases. We've
designed the pronounceable mnemonic results in an effort to assist with
this limitation. In many cases, even if there isn't a matching
dictionary word or phrase, we can deliver nonsensical words or
2. What are the "pronounceable
These results are based on a table of pronounceable letter-triples
derived from a dictionary scan. Each potential mnemonic must be such that
all of its letter-triples are in the table to be emitted. About 30% of
possible triples are considered pronounceable.
Our pronounceable mnemonic results are
unique to our service. We provide these results so that users can
identify common abbreviations, slang, or nonsensical words that aren't
included in common dictionaries.
A typical 7-digit phone number has 19,683 possible mnemonics, but this
test usually cuts the list down to a few hundred or so, a reasonable
number to eyeball-check. For some numbers, the list will, sadly, be empty.
3. My search didn't return any
pronounceable mnemonic results.
Pronounceable mnemonic results won't work for numbers that include a 0
or 1. Try searching with those digits omitted and then re-insert
them into any desirable results.
4. How do you handle letters Q and Z?
We have chosen to use the commonly accepted practice of assigning Q to
7 and Z to 9.
5. Can you offer PhoneSpeller results
in other languages?
Absolutely! Our algorithms are designed so that we could easily
plug-in a foreign-language dictionary. Unfortunately we haven't had
a request for any specific languages. If you'd like to see
PhoneSpeller utilize another language dictionary then drop us a line.