Smart numbers in high demand

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Australia's first "smart number" public auction has attracted plenty of interest, with one company bidding more than $100,000 for a 1800 number.

Australia's first "smart number" public auction has attracted plenty of interest, with one company bidding more than $100,000 for a 1800 number.

However, most successful bidders only paid the reserve of $500, the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) said.

Smart numbers are 1800 and 13 -- numbers designed to be easy to remember.

Dr Bob Horton, ACA acting chairman, said the highest winning bid of $100,000 was made for the smart number 1800 842 538 (TICKET).

"I am very pleased to see so many people taking the opportunity to secure a number that they value," Dr Horton said.

"The online auction system is running smoothly, with those bidding for smart numbers interacting confidently with the system," he said.

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