CONFIRMED: Toronto gets two new area codes—416 and 647, meet 437 and 387

CONFIRMED: Toronto gets two new area codes—416 and 647, meet 437 and 387

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We mentioned a couple days ago that the CRTC was considering—“within weeks”—announcing a new area code for Toronto, a response to the exploding mobile market that will likely use up all currently available numbers within the next three years. For once, a federal bureaucracy actually did something ahead of deadline, announcing a pair of new three-digit prefixes for city cellphones.

From the Toronto Star:

Toronto’s newest area code will be 437, and because of soaring demand for phone numbers, the area code 387 is set aside for future use.

The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission announced Friday the approval of the 437 area code in Toronto because the city would likely run out of its current 416 and 647 numbers by May 2014.

The new area code will go into effect on March 25, 2013, on the same date that 365 is already scheduled to be introduced in the 905 area.

A question for the weekend: will 416 and 437 holders bond over having the same first digits and shun 647 and 387ers? Or maybe the first number doesn’t matter, and 416 and 647 holders will bond over their shared history. You know, kind of like zodiac signs, only with cellphone digits.

Toronto’s two new area codes approved [Toronto Star]