Amtskennziffer

English translation: external access code

10:50 Jul 24, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
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German term or phrase: Amtskennziffer
Context is little: Einfügen Amtskennziffer „0“ OFF: Ziffer „2“ waehlen. Is Amtskennziffer the "0" you have to dial in Germany or is it a number one has to dial to access an outside line? And how can I render this?
Chris
English translation:external access code
Explanation:
You dial the Amtskennziffer from an internal phone network to obtain an Amtsholung, which is a physical connection to an Ortsvermittlungsstelle, which is a type of Telekom-node. Generally this doesn't seem to be given a name in English (at least American) phone instruction pamphlets, where the instructions just say something like "dial 9, then the number" (the 9 is the external access code). Of course, I'm not sure whether there's a preferred terminology for this, but "external access code" should get the point across.
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Thomas Dinsenbacher
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Summary of answers provided
na0 is the prefix for the city code--see description below
Elisabeth Moser
naoutside line access number/code
Dierk Seeburg
naSee below
Cami Townsend (X)
naexternal access code
Thomas Dinsenbacher


  

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31 mins
external access code


Explanation:
You dial the Amtskennziffer from an internal phone network to obtain an Amtsholung, which is a physical connection to an Ortsvermittlungsstelle, which is a type of Telekom-node. Generally this doesn't seem to be given a name in English (at least American) phone instruction pamphlets, where the instructions just say something like "dial 9, then the number" (the 9 is the external access code). Of course, I'm not sure whether there's a preferred terminology for this, but "external access code" should get the point across.

Thomas Dinsenbacher
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31 mins
See below


Explanation:
From what I can gather by reading the troubleshooting tips at the URLs below (Northern Light generated some 241 hits for "Amtskennziffer"), an "Amtskennziffer" is the number you dial to get an "Amtsleitung" (i.e., a dialtone from a company/office line), or, as you said, "an outside line." I would render it just as you would say it, "to get an outside line, dial 0" or "dial 0 to place outside calls."


    Reference: http://www.deutschetelekom.de/dtag/faq/ebene4/1,1215,922,00....
    Reference: http://support.netztech.de/faq/index.htm
Cami Townsend (X)
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1 hr
outside line access number/code


Explanation:
The definitions for Amtskennziffer as described by the previous posters are correct, but I would translate it with 'outside line access number/code'. My fax software calls it more generically 'access number' which is broader in that it is not restricted to company internal phone systems.
Cheerio,
Dierk


    Reference: http://www.tempel.org/mac/
    Reference: http://www.faximum.com/manual.d/client.server.d/manage.15.ht...
Dierk Seeburg
Local time: 09:50
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
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3 hrs
0 is the prefix for the city code--see description below


Explanation:
0 is not the external access code. It
is the general prefix for most city codes in Europe. In the US you have
an area code which starts like 212 etc.
then you have the city code and number.
In Germany like in some other European
countries you have no area codes per se.
You have a city code i.e. Munich=089 etc. then you dial the number. Each city
code requires the prefix 0, unless you
dial Germany from a foreign country.
However, even this has changed now in
some areas i.e. Tirol/Austria. Since
a few weeks you are even required to
dial the O when calling from outside
Austria. The 0 is never used to dial
or obtain an outside line.
Should you need more info, pls. email
wernerw@netcom.ca

Elisabeth Moser
United States
Local time: 11:50
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 772
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