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Old 04-02-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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LOL ! Vonage and other internet phone companies now giving 212 area codes to people all around the country.Wasn't there a thread on here a few weeks ago about how coveted the 212 area code is and how hard it supposedly is for people to get 212?

Bragging Rights to 212 Won

NYers Unhappy Phone Company Assigning 212 Area Code To Out-Of-City Customers « CBS New York

Looks like 718 is going to become the only "real" NYC area code.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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why anyone would give a rats azz about a zip code number is beyond me, doesnt anyone have better things to think about that 212?
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:23 AM
 
Location: USA
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what's cool to some people is just dumb,
because it's nothing you can see anyway.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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why anyone would give a rats azz about a zip code number is beyond me, doesnt anyone have better things to think about that 212?
I have a friend who was born/raised on Staten Island and bought a condo in Manhattan back in the late 1980s. When they started all the changes in area codes in the 1990s, she completely FLIPPED and was going crazy about it. When they introduced 646 and 347, she said something to the effect of "at least I have a REAL Manhattan phone number". What?!?!?! Ridiculous.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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Prediction: this will be used mostly to set up fraudulent internet businesses. "Hm, 212 area code--must be legit."
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:56 AM
 
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It's one thing to sign a contract for your phone, have a NYC number, and then keep it when you move to another area code.

It's another thing to completely decouple area codes from geographical areas entirely.

And while I'm editorializing, I've always thought it made no sense, when creating new area codes, to assign numbers that don't seem to have any order to them at all. When they first set them up, the easiest-to-dial ones (212, 213, 312, 214, 412...) went to the biggest cities. These days touch-tone phones make that less important, but they should have kept some order to it. If you run out of 212 numbers, use 232, 252, 272 and keep increasing that middle digit. (Odd digits only because the even middle digits would go to new area codes in Washington, 202.)

Is there any logic behind 646 and 347 at all? How were they decided on?

Remember on Seinfeld when Newman revealed the big secret about zip codes ("They're meaningless!")? He was really talking about area codes.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:11 AM
 
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Someone could be in NYC for all of two weeks, get a cell phone with a 212 number, move back to wherever, and still keep their number.

So it doesn't matter at all. I've been out of NYC myself for years at a time, but I kept my NYC cell phone number because that's the cellphone number that everyone knew for me. So yes, technology eroded the important of the old area codes.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I was amazed to be assingned a 212 area code 2 years ago.
Nothing special but at least people know where I am from by my phone number.
And easy for me to remember after having a 201 or a 215 for a zillion years,
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:57 PM
 
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I fail to see the "LOL" aspect. I think the 212 should be restricted as it has been, and this is just another instance of the ineptness of the telephone company.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:40 PM
 
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Actually I can relate. Certain exchanges for your land line in the Rockaways are very hard to come by such as 471, 327, 318. When I moved "down the beach" as we call it, I had to have a 318 exchange and I was very persistent about getting it.

Verizon gives out 337 and 634 like candy however...it's representative of where you live.
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