Why is there no Q on the telephone dial?

clipped from www.straightdope.com
Phone company planners made a conscious decision to exclude Q the better part of a century ago and history has been proving they were geniuses ever since. It all started when the phone company began replacing human operators with mechanical switching equipment, which necessitated the use of dials. Bell wished to retain its folksy exchange names (since discontinued), but for reasons we’ll get to in a moment elected to assign letters to only eight of the ten available digits.
The selection of the other came down to deciding which of the remaining 25 was the most useless, the principal candidates presumably being Q and X.
In any case, X was chosen for immortality while Q was consigned to the dustbin of telephony.
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