Tutorial: How to Get a 212 Area Code Phone Number

When I attended graduate school at Columbia University in the City of New York in the late 1980′s, one of chits of living on the Morningside Heights Campus — believe it or not — was getting a phone number with a 212 Area Code.  I know that may sound silly to some, but if you had a 212 phone number, that meant you lived in the exclusive borough of Manhattan, and you were desirable and important and to be envied by the rest of the world.

Unfortunately, at that time in America, there was no such thing as the FCC-enforced — Local Number Portability — and that meant if you moved, you had to change your phone number too.

Telephone numbers were regional, and based on local phone exchanges.  You could look at someone’s telephone number and know in what State they lived and even their local municipality.  Growing up in the Midwest, you stayed put your entire life, and the one phone number you had in your home defined you.  One of the hardest adjustments I had to make when I moved to another State was learning 10-digit dialing.  I grew up having to only enter seven numbers to call anyone in the entire State of Nebraska!

After I left the Midwest, I moved something like six times in a year in Washington, D.C. and New York City and, each time I moved, my phone number was forcibly changed.

Today, we are allowed to “own” our phone number and take it with us when we move or if we change wireless phone carriers.  Our phone numbers now tend to publicly anoint our personas more than our Social Security numbers.

I used to have one of the 212 Area Code phone numbers:  212-529-3939.  It was infamous in my circle of friends and admired by my close associates and everyone used to ask me, “How did you get such a great phone number?”  I simply asked Bell Atlantic (which became NYNEX which became Verizon) for an “easy to remember” number when I moved into Alphabet City in Manhattan from Morningside Heights, and the woman had two phone numbers I could pick from, and we went with the 3939 number and history was made ever after.

Unfortunately, and more crushingly, we had to move from our apartment a few years after the 3939 phone number acquisition, and I lost that number forever.  I was not allowed to take that number with me because it belonged to Bell Atlantic.  That beloved 3939 number lives again today as the main number for some Manhattan hotelier.  Sigh.

After there were no more 212 phone numbers to be had anywhere in Manhattan in the early 1990′s– 917 and 646 Area Code overlays were put in place — and you couldn’t get a 212 number if you wanted to pay for one.  917 started out in New York City as the number for pagers and fax machines and secondary voice lines.  212 was only to be used for primary voice telephone numbers — if you could somehow wheedle your way into getting one from the phone company after the rise of 917 and 646.

Today, thanks to Local Number Portability, you can have a phone number that travels with you anywhere you go.  You can have a 212 phone number in Nebraska or California or any other place you live.  You now own your phone number and it identifies you.  The wireless and landline phone carriers cannot force you to stay with them just because you want to keep your cool phone number.

With the recent and quite keen rise of Number Porting and Google Voice — we now have a fantastic way to keep our memorable phone number and pipe everything into and out of that One Phone Number for a mere $20.00USD porting fee!

Having a Google Voice phone number you really love means your home phone number and cellular phone numbers no longer matter.  You only give out your Google Voice phone number and then let Google ring all your sundry phones to find the best one you want to answer.

And…

Now…

There’s a way…

To get a 212 Area Code phone number…

And make it your Google Voice phone number, too.

Enter 212AreaCode.com!

Yesterday, for some odd reason, I did a Google search on “212 Area Code Google Voice” and found a link to 212AreaCode.com.

I was amazed to find that I could, for a small fee, purchase a beloved 212 Area Code phone number and port it over to Google Voice and then have that new 212 number be my One Number now and forevermore.

I certainly didn’t mind paying to regain a 212 Area Code because getting what you want is never free.  When Gmail started years ago, I was an early adopter when I purchased a beta invitation on eBay to get the email address I wanted — and it was the best $40.00USD I’d ever spent.

I pawed around 212AreaCode.com to see what sort of phone numbers they had available.

I knew I didn’t want anything with a “4″ in it because that is the sound of death, and I found a new phone number I liked a lot under the “Business” heading.  I didn’t love it as much as my previous 3939, but it would do just fine as my new 212 eternity number.  The 212 number I really wanted was selling for $1,750.00USD and that wasn’t a pocketable possibility for me right now.

After I picked my number and paid via PayPal, I received this email giving me the detailed steps of what to expect in the Google Voice porting process.

Now that you purchased a 212 number, the next step is to port the number to Google Voice, here are simple instructions to assist you with the process:

Porting the number to Google Voice:

1. Verify that your Google Voice account allows number porting by visiting: https://www.google.com/voice/b/0/porting

2. Input your new 212 area code phone number at the required field and click: “Check”, Google will analyze it to see if it’s eligible for porting.

3. If it is, you’ll just click through a few disclaimers – just as you would when opening up a new email account.

4. On the next step Google will attempt to call the number you are porting in to complete a “voice Verification”, for this step to complete successfully you will need to contact us at the time you attempt to port in the number so we can answer the phone and input the correct verification code.

5. Next, Google will ask for your personal details such as: address, account number etc. the account has been registered to your name and address, the account number is displayed below.

6. Use Google Checkout to complete the $20.00 porting fee.

7. You will receive an email from Google Voice stating that some information is missing, the info missing is the PIN number, follow the link in the email and input the PIN as displayed below.

Here’s a screenshot of the important details of my new 212 phone number.  I was surprised to see the number was currently tied to a prepaid T-Mobile account.

I liked the 917 Google Voice number I’d been using, but for a 212-snob like me, a 917 number reeks of fax machines and smells of pagers, and so I’d sort of been loathe to give out the number much.  I clicked on the “Change/Port” link and I was off!

I clicked on the second URL: Use my “existing” mobile number.

I answered all the Number Porting questions.

When I received this verification step, I called 212AreaCode.com, gave them the special Google confirmation code. I clicked on the “Call me Now” button.  Google called my new 212 phone number and the folks at 212AreaCode.com answered, and punched in the code for me, and we were done!

After confirming the code, I entered my personal information.

Next, I had to pay Google their $20.00USD porting fee.

I use Google Apps for My Domain, and I was surprised I didn’t have to logout of my BolesUniversity.com email account and login with my ordinary Gmail account to pay.

I could use Google Checkout with my domain email address!  Yes!  That’s a change I didn’t know had happened yet.

Done and done!

As 212AreaCode.com promised, I quickly received an email from Google telling me there was a “problem” porting my number.  I clicked on the URL provided and entered the PIN number.  No problem.

This morning, exactly 24 hours after I ported my new 212 phone number over to Google Voice, I received this email from Google telling me the Number Porting process was complete!

Huzzah!

I am now back in the ironclad land of 212, and that’s a perfect precursor to our eventual move back to The City.

I immediately logged in to Google Voice and saw my new 212 phone number sitting there and shining back at me.

My old 917 Google Voice phone number will be valid for 90 days and then it will expire, so for three months I actually have two Google Voice numbers that are alive: 212 and 917.  I have no idea if, in 90 days, I can re-port a new number or not.

Since my 212 number is now My Number for All Things, I decided to set up Google Voice on my iPhone.

Now you know how you can buy a new 212 Area Code phone number and have it working with Google Voice in 24 hours.  Your hourly setup mileage may vary from mine, but I was surprised and delighted at the seamless and transparent 212 purchasing process and the smooth transition to porting that number into Google Voice.  Oh, if we’d only had that process available 20 years ago, I’d still be calling you, and getting called on, my 212-529-3939 number.

My wife, Janna, was so impressed with my new 212 phone number –she wanted one of her own for her iPhone — and today we bought her one from 212AreaCode.com, too!  She will also use her 212 phone number with Google Voice.  Now we can be 212 snobs together!

Thank you, 212AreaCode.com, for giving us a second bite at the 212 Big Apple.

46 comments

  • Cheers! This is a neat service. I can’t wait to try out my new 212 number, too.

    • It’s an amazing feeling to be back in the land of a 212 Area Code after all these years. It’s so great to be able to get something today that was impossible to obtain two decades ago.

    • Hi David,
      Can you email me on how to get a number with 212 area code? I found 212areacode.com is so expensive. I always want to get a 212 numbers.

      regards and thanks for the help.

  • Hey, this is pretty neat! So I could live in Seattle and have a 212 Area Code number? Doesn’t that sort of defeat the snob aspect of it a little?

  • Thanks for the fantastic tutorial, David. There was a whole episode of Seinfeld about a character trying to get a 212 area code phone number and getting dumped for having 917 — being seen as ‘out of area’ was the death knell for her.

    I don’t mind my 646 — it keeps the symmetry! :)

    • I thought I was a Seinfeld fan, Gordon, but I don’t remember that episode! I love it! So true.

      I had a 646 cellphone number for awhile — it was better than 917 — but it still wasn’t 212. I currently have a 551 Area Code cellphone and NOBODY knows that’s a New Jersey overlay. SMILE!

      It’s funny how 424 Area Code for Los Angeles was a doubling of the classic Manhattan Area Code; while the 646 overlay for Manhattan is the doubling of the classic 323 Los Angeles Area Code!

      • I have had a 424 area code for some time now. But, that’s not because I’m a joke and let me be clear that I am not implying any one on here is. I do not know any one of you. Anyhow, it is because my uncle lives outside of LA, he is retired, in his 70′s, as a famous Hollywood Manager for some of the most famous artists/actress/actors of the Hollywood Golden era. I was just looking up an area code when I seen this and I thought that it was neat. I had no idea, ever, that it was that important to have such an area code until reading this article. I am in Indiana where we are from and I am 27, the last pure blood Baxter, besides the immediate circle; one grandfather, one grandmother and one mother, (The Baxter’s). At any rate, very interesting! P.S. His name is Dick Baxter. My name is Daryl Baxter. Take care fellas!

  • David,

    Great tutorial! Im glad everything worked out smoothly and thanks for the plugin :)

    David

  • Hi there –

    I came back to say how much I love my new 212 Area Code phone number. It feels just like being back in NYC when we first moved there so long ago. Pretty amazing how it works so well with Google Voice. Thanks again, everybody!

    • Great! I love sending you SMS texts to your new 212, too. Seeing the 212 number pop up on Caller ID is a pretty amazing and visceral experience. Numbers can be a powerful master! SMILE!

  • Great blog post.

    I wanted to get a 212 phone number ever since I put phone service for the very first time years ago but couldn’t because I live in the bronx. I never lost hope of ever owning a 212 area code number so 5 weeks ago I started searching for 212 area code numbers and 212areacode.com came up in my search. There was a number there that was probably for me because I memorized it the first time I saw it. I purchased it and ported it over to google voice and I’m very happy with my phone number purchase. :)

    • Thanks for the comment, Julio, and big congrats!

      I’m glad the new 212 number worked out for you. The combination of our 212 numbers with Google Voice is just an incredible experience.

      Your advice about finding the right 212 number is also sound. Say the number out loud. Can you easily memorize it? How do the numbers feel tumbling from you tongue and falling from your fingers and you give out your new digit? Those are all the incalculables that go into getting a 212 number that only the purchaser can quantify.

  • I bought a 212 from 212areacode too. 212-786-2741. David is really kewl guy. Ported it to Verizon. Than I saw like 100 of them on ebay by one seller, and started wondering, esp since he was adding like a dozen new ones every week and dropping the ones that wouldnt sell. So the type of person I am, being heavy into research of learning how things are done from something I picked up in my college years, I took two weeks of study and figured out how David Day does it lol. I even called T-Mobile and asked them lots of questions and they told me how its done believe it or not. Its actually not hard to get a 212 if its from a prepaid. I wont say how its done out of protection to those that sell it. But its easy, and can only be done with numbers recently deactivated or pre-activated but still in their number pool. I replaced that number I bought from 212area code with a 212-444-XXXX (last four digits the same). I ported out three others so far. Using two of them. One a 3737 one hehe but that one is sitting idle on my sim card. Never pay more than $50.00 for a number if you dont figure out how to port them yourself. 213 is also becoming very rare.

    • Oh and that 212-444-XXXX number I didnt pay for it. Not one dime. Just ported it out myself as it was a tmobile deactivated number, but still in Tmobiles number pool.

    • I’m a little confused, Anthony. What, exactly, did you figure out?

      Did you buy your 212 number on eBay from David? Or did you but a 212 phone number directly from T-Mobile?

      Your point about deactivated numbers make sense — my wife’s 212 number used to belong to some deadbeat named “Iwanna” and we get robo calls all day long from collection agencies looking for money. It would be great if these 212 numbers had a “Freshness Date” or something that would also affect their value beyond just the digits. You’d pay a premium for a 212 phone number that was out of service for a year or more and you’d pay less for a 212 number that just became available. I understand 212 phone numbers are now almost always “pre-owned” and the risk you take is grabbing a number that used to belong to a deadbeat — but having the context of “Freshness” might help that problem a bit.

      What is a “pre-activated” phone number?

  • Hey Anthony, David,

    I’m looking into getting a 212 area code from 212areacode.com as well, but I’m concerned about getting a number and not really understanding “how” I got it.
    Who’s to say that the number doesn’t simply get re-assigned in the future and I’m caught out? (i.e. I don’t really “own it” after paying $50-$75 to 212areacode.com for the privilege…)

    So, I too would like to know how it’s done.

    @Anthony: would you be willing to send me the email you sent David?

    regards and thanks for the help.

    • Hi Jeff!

      Thanks for the comment. I have had zero problems with the two phone numbers I purchased from 212AreaCode.com. Google Voice is great, because you can block calls you don’t want quite easily so all the dunning calls going to my wife’s phone because of the previous phone owner have now dwindled down to zero.

      You’re right to be wary about purchasing a phone number. There are unscrupulous people and methods out there that don’t properly assign ownership — take a look at eBay for examples of lots of “hard to get” area codes being sold — and “ownership” is a tricksy slope because the phone companies really own their phone numbers in perpetuity and they can take them back at will… with any phone number in USA… not just those you purchase through a service like 212AreaCode.com.

      David at 212AreaCode.com is free to come in and answer officially, or to correct and clarify, but as I understand it, David has a cache of 212 phone numbers that he can sell to you. There’s no “getting caught” when you go through David. There are other, more nefarious methods, that might work and might not work, but David doesn’t deal in that netherworld. David’s phone numbers are attached to a SIM card and inserted into a phone, so when you go through the porting process, all your information matches who you are for verification purposes. Google Voice will call the number you are porting so a code number can be entered on the number you’re porting to confirm the transfer process and you do that live with David over the phone. After the number is ported to you — you own the phone number inasmuch as you own any other phone number you’ve ever had in your life.

      The key to this porting process is physical possession of the SIM card when the transfer is made. David has SIM cards for his phone numbers and porting verification is simple. Once you port the number to Google Voice, or another virtual phone service like that, the SIM card is nullified, because ownership transfers to who owns the phone that rings when your number is called.

      Let me know if you have any other questions! The whole process is fascinating to me.

  • Once you port a number to your service providers it’s yours in a leasing sense, but now an ownership sense. You own it, but you dont. Ill explain. David Day or any other of the 212 people selling aren’t stealing numbers. It’s impossible to do so. Especially landlind numbers, or even cell numbers because they usually have it registered to an account name and address. The exception might be that you know someone wiht a 212 area code number at say Tmobile that has a prepaid-as-you-go but they never bothered to register they’re name or address and just left it blank. Than you can port that number over because the porting winner doesnt seen any ownership authority rights. I know how they do it…David Day and them. I did varous forms of research and talked to various of telecommunications people. In fact I just found out you can port 212 landlines, but its a little tricky than cell and takes up to 10 days to do it. The numbers being ported out are deactivated, not yet activiated, or in prepaid activation waiting to be used but not yet owned. You can’t just say I like 212-888-8888 and Im going to take it. Which by the way is a cab company in NY. The number is registered to the user. I have a list of all the numbers owned by cellular companys. Thats why you see a lot of 518, 444, ect. For example. Tmobile owns block of 212-444-8XXX and 212-444-2XXXX which is why you see so many prepaid 212 numbers for sale in the 444 index that ends with a 2/8 (ie 2XXX, 8XXX).

    What I was saying earlier is you dont own the telephone number. Its not yours that you down and right own it. You own the right to use it, you are more or less leasing it or borrowing it. It cant be stolen from you, but the idea that once you pay $50.00 for a 212 its your forever. If you disconnected it, it usually stays inactive for awhile, than bounces back to its original phone company. The telecommunications that bought the block of numbers owns it. Let me example this. You live in New York. You get the number 212-333-3737. 333 belongs to Verizon of New York. Its a landline number and a landline company. Verizon of New York owns it. Maybe your number is 212-444-4141…its owned by Teleport Communications Group of NY. You port it over to your cell. You now have AT&T, you move to Las Vegas. You keep the number living in Las Vegas on your AT&T wireless service. THan you disconnect it. The number goes in limbo for two months, but its returned to the original telephone company which is Verizon of New York and reassigned as landline. Lets say you have 212-444-2179. You signed up for Tmobile…you later switch to Spring, and you take the number with you. You disconnect the number for whatever reason…it goes back to Tmobile (Omnipoint), and reissued. So the number returns to its original communications owner when you’re done with the number. If you forget to pay your cell bill or landline bill and they disconnect your number its not like Tmobile will say “hey you bought that 212 from David Day so its yours. We’ll hold it for a year into you get your cell service back up than give it back to you because you bought the number down right for $50.00″. What Tmobile will do is disconnect the number, hold it for maybe 30-60 days…than reissue it to a new member (or if it belongs to say Verizon send it back to its original owning company). Thats what I mean by you dont actually physically own the number. Its like we’re leasing the number. If I lease a house…the house is mine, I live in it, my name is on the rental papers, pos office has me registered to that house, but at the same time I dont own the building another person or corp owns it. If I dont pay rent I could be evicted. FCC controls the number system. We dont get a certificate saying you own that number to the day you die. Ham Radio you do…you get a call sign after you pass the test and its your into you die or give it up, you get a certificate, license, and you’re the solo owner of it. Even if you let it expire (which you have to renew every 10 years) its easy to get back because they really dont reissue it. Thats why some of these numbers people are buying are getting calls from collection agencys…the perosn disconnected it and it was reissued. I hear that Tmobile if its their number can reissue a number as soon as a week after its been deactivated. Some wait up to 60 days like Verizon. Also keep in mind there is no law that says you cant or can sell numbers. Its been debated, but phone companies seem to be that if you are the owner and give authorization you can transfer it to another owner (ie phone lines). Wireless seems to be a little relax. If you live im California and ask for a 212 or 646 from Tmobile or want to port one in from David its easy. If you live in California and want to port a 212 landline number you have to live in the zoning area, and they dont issue landline numbers to wireless straight out, and you have to have that zoning address on your bill for them to port that number to your phone. Landlines are griybd regional…wireless is a little more free as you go.

    Im not trying to knock anyones business…and this is no disrespect to David Day but his prices are too high. I know a seller on ebay that will (and is) selling 212 numbers for as little as $12.00 and you can pick the exchange like 212-300-XXXX for $30 can pick from 212-444-23XX or get a random one for like $10.00. Davids business class numbers are $75, and he rose his personal to $50 without the option to shop number of your choice (I believe…you use to be able to browse selection). There’s hundreds of numbers to pick from on ebay as low as $10-12 dollars. Skip the silly landline ones that are going for $2,000.00 like 212-888-7777 one guy is selling. Just but in 212 area code in the search box. These people are on the level and they send you the sim card :). I orginally bought from 212 area code, but I cracked the code on porting numbers so I ditched my original number from David and got myself a nice cool looking one, and in the process of getting an even cooler landline one moved over to a voip hehe. I dont sell numbers though. Youll have to find one one ebay…but they’re super cheap. 212 isn’t as rare as they seem. I talked with Verizon of New York about this two weeks back. They’re rare, but not ultra rare, and they’re only locked into Manhattan now, but Verizon told me they have literally lots of unissued 212-333 landline numbers never issued yet, and everyday new ones are getting disconnected. The new 929 area code has no affect on 212..its an overlay for the 718/347/917 and spun off from 347. 929 goes into affect in April, and they have 23 NXX’s used up already in pre-waiting to be issued with 777 left lol. Doesnt affect
    .Hope that helps.
    Anthony

    • Also unlike what has been said…you can obtain a deactivated/disconnected number. You like a number that says “we’re sorry this number has been discconected and is no longer in service”…you can still port it. Its tricky though…requires some work, and tricks, but can be done that the phone provider will port it. Also 212-300-3XXX is ominiport (Tmobile owned numbers), and you can port/obtain deactivated numbers and port them over to VOIP but its very hard and not worth the work unless its an awsome looking numbers. I ported several wireless unused/disconnected numbers, but I only used two of them (way cool looking numbers) and let the others return to the pool. So..my advice would be…learn how the 212 thing works…or buy one super cheap on ebay. Dont pay $100-200-1000 for a vanity number. $50-75 is pushing it. These people arent doing anything super special or rare in getting their numbers to sell out. Why you see hundereds of them…new ones popping up by the same seller everday on ebay for cheap. If you have a few sims you can play a game of number transfering between Tmobile and Boost and ATT prepaid.

      I said enough. Good luck on your 212 find. I would say…take your time and look. Pay cheap but get something soft like 212-300-XXX. Dont settle for some stupid 212-929-1391 esp for a rip off price.

      • Hey Anthony,

        Thank you for shedding some light on this subject. I agree that the price of telephone numbers is entirely too high. I just saw a 212 number advertised on ebay for $500K. I don’t know that any telephone number is worth $500K. I would look at my business model and try to project the additional income that an investment would provide, I think in many cases it’s probably closer to $0 than the 100x multiple of $500k I’m looking for. I’m not in business to just make my money back or earn a small ROI. If the only reason people are doing business with me is because of my phone number then I am doing something wrong. People do business with me because of the price point and/or the superior quality of product/service I provide.

        I wouldn’t pay a dime for a personal number, in fact I’d require my phone company to give me a decent number in any area code that I want or I’d find another phone company, as the consumer I hold that power. If the resellers of these numbers can’t cut it then they should find a second or new job. Really, what is the point of having a 212 number if you don’t live in or have offices in New York? It doesn’t help on job applications, local networking efforts, or in any practical sense. What if there is an emergency and my son, daughter, wife, etc needs to call me from a public phone except I have a 212 and we live in California. Can you see the absurdity in that situation? That said, if you must have a 212 number then call your phone company and ask nicely, you’d be surprised at what you can get for free. And the old adage applies, if at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again.

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  • UPDATE:

    I bought a third phone number from David Day at 212AreaCode.com and ported it over to Google Voice yesterday.

    The porting process was simpler this time. There was no “error email” sent later that required PIN insertion. The PIN code is now part of the normal information screen in Google Voice.

    I also noted the port information choked on including my apartment number as part of my address. Google Voice only wanted my street number and name and that’s it.

    Exactly 24 hours later I’m now up and running and it was all painless and seamless and dead simple. Highly recommended!

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  • Not understanding .. .What’s your problem with having the digit “4″ associated with the 212 Area code? If you know anything about NYC and Manhattan 243 Exchange is/was SOHO NYC. I mean you can’t get much more Chic or Cool than that!!! No?
    Perhaps you didn’t live in Manhattan long enough to know this? Do you remember Andy Wharhol..or When Dylan was Bob Zimmerman and hung out at cafe WHA?

    • If you follow the article links, the aversion to “4″ has to do with Chinese numerology.

      • Lillian Boyington

        I’m getting there. I always thought “4″ was my number. I’m so depressed!

        • My life was filled with fours. No longer! I have eradicated them from my life as much as possible. SMILE! If one culture feels THAT strongly about something, I will honor their truth, and try to comply and accept the warnings of their deep concern.

          • Lillian Boyington

            I’ve had a dear close friend of mine ‘warning’ me about numerology, and my fascination with that number. It wasn’t me personally, I didn’t think; the silly thing popped up EVERYWHERE! Guess I must put the racing blinders on. Forward Pilgrim! :)

          • Right! No need to dwell. Fix. Forget. Future!

  • Hi David,
    I bought a 212 number on eBay recently and was unfortunately the victim of a bait and switch: the seller emailed me afterwards to tell me they no longer have that one available, but would I like this other one? After that negative experience, I decided I would try and do some research and find out what exactly Anthony had discovered above, about how to do the 212 porting yourself. Can you please email me and let me know what Anthony discovered? Thanks a lot for your consideration.

  • I’m looking to get a 212 number abd have been searching for the last couple of months. Lowest on ebay I saw was $30 two months ago. I’m wondering if anyone knows of a price around that. Lowest on ebay now is $50 which is high considering I’d have to pay my phone company a number change fee aswell. Hopefully something turns up in the next few weeks or elsr i’ll have to settle buying it on ebay unless 212areacode has a sale. I wish Anthony would elaborate on what he said. Would love to learn more about it.

  • I had no idea. I started with a 917 number in 2005 and i lost it one summer when i didn’t pay my bills on time. They gave me a temporary 212 number and I was outraged(not really) so I called tmobile told them I was away on business, and i forgot to freeze my account. So they gave me back my 917 number. I love 917

    917 362 623X So easy to remember too.

    F.

    p.s. I laughed when you said four is the number of death because that’s my final number.

    • That’s a great story, Francisco! Those 212 numbers are hard to get — though Verizon Cellular claims they can get you one if you want to change your cellphone number under contract. 212 is absolutely not available as a Google Voice number choice.

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  • UPDATE:

    Today, I saw a 212 area code number I could not resist. I contacted David Day from 212AreaCode and, after a moment or two with PayPal — the number was mine!

    This time, I wanted to port a 212 number into my Verizon Wireless account to replace the number on my iPhone. David Day gave me the information for porting and — within about 5 minutes using the online Verizon portal — my new 212 number is now my new mobile number!

    Now I’m “212 Covered” in both business and personal — and I’m sure there’s even more to come in the future!

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