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(NYPost)   It's well known that people will pay lots of money for homes in prestigious areas, and for status symbol clothes/cars. Now people will pay big money for a desirable phone area code   (nypost.com) divider line 40
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2013-12-22 01:24:19 PM
I haven't tried 212, but since I can get my choice of area codes for free using Google voice, I don't know why it would be an exception.
 
2013-12-22 01:31:29 PM
I think "Seinfeld" covered this topic twenty years ago.
 
2013-12-22 03:30:43 PM
Westchester, NY stole our 914 area code 13 years ago. I still haven't gotten over it.
 
2013-12-22 03:32:32 PM

Nabb1: I think "Seinfeld" covered this topic twenty years ago.


Obligatory. The episode is "The Maid". Probably one of the best Seinfeld episodes.
 
2013-12-22 03:47:00 PM
New Jersey was the first state to have an area code assigned to it....201....today it covers a tiny portion of North Jersey.    NYC had 212 assigned because it was the fastest to dial on a rotary phone....rotary phones being the only kind of phone available at the time.

I can't imagine why anyone would pay for an area code, only old people, like me, associate an area code with an actual area.  I guess most kids don't even think about it.

/Get off my party line.
 
2013-12-22 04:38:53 PM
281-330-8004

/back then
 
2013-12-22 04:40:07 PM
I'll sell my 617 to the highest (stupidest) bidder.
 
2013-12-22 04:45:12 PM
NY Post?

farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2013-12-22 04:48:16 PM
Prestigious area code?  Feh! Ex-wife demanded (and got) assigned prestigious exchanges (the three after the area code) in Houston and Austin.
 
2013-12-22 04:52:42 PM
I have a gently used 770 number for sale if anyone wants to pretend to be from the Atlanta suburbs.  Starting bid is $2,500,000.01, although it will be a bargain at any price.
 
2013-12-22 04:57:40 PM
I happen to have some bottles of 1737 Chateau Lafite Rothschild for sale.
 
2013-12-22 05:17:51 PM
I have a number in the 808 I'd be willing to part with. I haven't lived there since '09, I'm just too lazy to change it.
 
2013-12-22 05:25:50 PM

Nabb1: I think "Seinfeld" covered this topic twenty years ago.


Back in the 90s I spent weeks procuring a single 212 phone number for our Manhattan office at the behest of the VP of sales. He refused to have any of our customers in NYC see a call of from any other area code.
 
2013-12-22 05:35:42 PM

Nabb1: I think "Seinfeld" covered this topic twenty years ago.

 
2013-12-22 05:44:59 PM

sirrerun: Nabb1: I think "Seinfeld" covered this topic twenty years ago.


I think "Nabb1" covered this topic four hours ago.

/but seriously, this is news if you think something that happened 20 years ago is news.
 
2013-12-22 05:47:43 PM

Eravior: Westchester, NY stole our 914 area code 13 years ago. I still haven't gotten over it.


Stole it from where?
 
2013-12-22 05:50:22 PM

Nabb1: I think "Seinfeld" covered this topic twenty years ago.



Yep--and only complete douchebags give a shiat about their precious area code.  Same now as 20 years ago.
 
2013-12-22 06:00:44 PM
I want 666.
 
2013-12-22 06:26:29 PM
It looks like subby forgot to read the first phrase in his own headline. Either that or he has no idea how area codes work.

/Or, it could be both
 
2013-12-22 06:33:42 PM
I chose an established area code over a new one, and was rewarded with calls from debt collectors and other wrong-number types intended for numerous previous owners. Never again.
 
2013-12-22 07:27:21 PM
Is this where I come to sell my tulip bulbs?
 
2013-12-22 07:46:28 PM

jpo2269: I have a gently used 770 number for sale if anyone wants to pretend to be from the Atlanta suburbs.  Starting bid is $2,500,000.01, although it will be a bargain at any price.


Got three of those, thanks.  I want one of them new fangled 470's.
 
2013-12-22 08:30:22 PM
AGE,

I could get you one of those, but it will take quite a bit of effort to smuggle it out of OTP... You sure you can afford it?
 
2013-12-22 08:41:57 PM
Oh awesome, my old 909 phone number should be worth about $0.03...cha-ching!
 
2013-12-22 10:23:32 PM

what_now: I'll sell my 617 to the highest (stupidest) bidder.


Hey now, when I had a crazy ex stalking me and had to change my number I tossed my 561 for a 617.
 
2013-12-22 10:57:11 PM
What about prestigious social security numbers?
 
2013-12-22 11:51:25 PM
Isn't this a thing in Paris too, except with being able to get a specific license plate?
 
2013-12-23 01:09:41 AM

AMonkey'sUncle: I want 666.


My sister used to live there, in NY. It wasn't her area code, but her local code, so her number was 914-666-1234.
 
2013-12-23 02:19:12 AM

buzzcut73: I have a number in the 808 I'd be willing to part with. I haven't lived there since '09, I'm just too lazy to change it.


Does it spell anything cool? Hawaii really lags behind the mainland when it comes to businesses realizing that you can spell things with numbers, or have them end with zeros to be easier to remember, or whatever. Last time I got a mobile number, they said I could pick one from a range of 10... 7x7-xx96 to 7x7-xx05. So I have a mobile number (and "home" number and "business" number) that ends in 00... and displays my appreciation for fine, albeit historical, Boeing products. ;-)
 
2013-12-23 02:28:12 AM
s3.amazonaws.com

Everybody in the 313...
 
2013-12-23 03:33:29 AM
I remember when they switched from area codes having a 0 or 1 as the middle digit. Had to upgrade a buttload of PBXs. A certain percentage of customers were convinced it was a conspiracy to get money out of then.

/don't even get me started on 900 numbers
//cheap farking customers
 
2013-12-23 06:26:24 AM
Can I buy area code 666?
 
2013-12-23 07:58:43 AM
870
Is my area code.
 
2013-12-23 08:42:48 AM

Bob Falfa: AMonkey'sUncle: I want 666.

My sister used to live there, in NY. It wasn't her area code, but her local code, so her number was 914-666-1234.


Man, those last 4 digits would make an awesome combination for a suitcase lock!
 
2013-12-23 09:30:45 AM
barefootjerry.com
 
2013-12-23 10:11:15 AM

wingnut396: Bob Falfa: AMonkey'sUncle: I want 666.

My sister used to live there, in NY. It wasn't her area code, but her local code, so her number was 914-666-1234.

Man, those last 4 digits would make an awesome combination for a suitcase lock!


Or nuclear launch codes....
 
2013-12-23 11:56:21 AM
"But I've ALWAYS been a 917 girl"
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2013-12-23 04:08:25 PM
I have a 214 number from high school. Confuses the fark out of people now that I live near Philadelphia (215).
 
2013-12-23 04:40:43 PM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Can I buy area code 666?


Not the area code, but the prefix for River, KY is 666. Their hospital's phone number is 606-666-6000.
 
2013-12-23 06:37:43 PM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Can I buy area code 666?


AMonkey'sUncle: I want 666.


No can do - area codes ending with a double digit are reserved "easily recognizable codes" for special purposes, like 1-800, 1-900, 1-888, 1-877, etc.  1-666 would fall into the same category.  Of course, if you had enough people or money on your side, and could come up with a plausible special purpose... then maybe.

/Nevada wanted 1-777 for the Vegas area, and were told they couldn't have it.
 
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