These telephone numbers are usually allocated from a national telephone numbering plan in such a way that they are easily distinguished from other numbers.
Telephone companies typically offer blocking services to allow telephone customers to prevent access to these number ranges from their telephones.
It is common for Germans to marry in their 30s, after several years spent dating.
It is important to note that many German men tend to live at their parents' home rather than move out at the first opportunity.
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While the billing is different, calls are usually routed the same way they are for a toll-free telephone number, being anywhere despite the area code used.
Other services include directory enquiries, weather forecasts, competitions and voting (especially relating to television shows).
Diplomatic services, such as the US Embassy in London or the UK Embassy in Washington, have also charged premium rates for calls from the general public.
Most women will not get offended if you pay the bill, though they do not expect you to do so.
If they want to split the bill, they will just tell you.
Usually German men do not plan to wed or have any sexual relations with these younger women.