Manhattan is getting yet another area code by late 2017. But for some, the iconic 212 area code, remains a must have status symbol and “the only acceptable area code for a Manhattanite.” Demand for the number has never been higher.
“It’s New York City’s phone number,” Kelli Parker, a Boston transplant, told the New York Times. “It’s a status symbol most definitely.”
Parker scored her 212 the same way most ambitious new New Yorkers do these day – through a broker.
Usually, phone numbers are assigned cost free, but for years 212 numbers have been selling for anywhere from $75 to more than $1,000, according to the Times.
“I wanted the local  number on my résumé,” said David Cole, 40. “I think people my age more strongly associate their area code with geography, whereas younger people might think it’s just a random number,” he added. “I grew up when making a long-distance phone call was actually a thing.” [NYT] – Christopher Cameron