Friday, 16 October 2015

A Little Information On Area Code

Phones are something that has been in use for a long time in our world now. And that technology has grown from its original style to what it is now. A very important factor of being able to make calls with a phone is to have a phone connection. 

Now, a lot of us must have heard about the term “area code”, but not all of us know what it is. An area code is essentially the three digit prefix that you add before you dial any phone number and that area code depends on the location where you are making the call. Like for example the 646 area code is for New York and the moment you increase one digit and make it 647, it becomes the area code for Toronto.
Here is some basic information about the humble area code.

·         Area codes were first made in the late 1940s, in order to meet the increase in demand for telephone services post World War-II. The area code can have all possible combinations from 0000 to 9999. A prefix can start with any number except for 0 or 1 and cannot end with 11 (like 911, which are reserved for special uses).
·         The North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) watches the consumption of numbers and allots new area codes as required. Numbers are at present provided to telephone providers by prefix. As these prefixes are assigned, there are fewer remaining numbers to be given to new service providers.
·         As people are increasing the number of telephone devices, fax machines, mobile devices, it is accelerating the use of these prefixes due to which certain area codes are running out of prefixes for telephone numbers. Also, the increase in the competition in the telecommunication market is also leading to this problem.
·         The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will not allow a specific area code to be assigned to a particular type of telephone device. FCC rules prohibit this because you cannot assign numbers based solely on a group’s specific type of telecommunication service or technology use.

So, these are some basic information related to an area code, whether you’re from the 646 area code or 647.