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212 Area Code. Location, Time Zone. Toll Free? Who's Calling?

State New York
Timezone Eastern Time (ET)
Is Area Code 212 Toll Free? No
Major Cities Manhattan

With the number of scammers nowadays calling us trying to scam us every single day, it has become almost a must to know area codes. Knowing different area codes and their associations whether they are known for being used by scammers or legit businesses will make a huge impact on our lives. Here we are going to know about the 212-area code.

Where is the area code 212 located?

The area code 212 serves the Manhattan area in New York City at the state of New York. It overlaps with area codes 917, 332, and 646 as well.

The History of area code 212

Area code 212 was one of the original 86 area codes assigned by the AT&T company back in 1947. It served as an area code for the entire five boroughs of New York City, NY. That was until the year 1984 when New York City was divided into two numbering plan areas. Area code 212 was reserved for Manhattan and the Bronx areas, while Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island were assigned the area code 718.

Do I need to worry if I received a call from a 212-area code?

On the contrary, a business having the area code 212 is perceived as having the prestige of Manhattan. Moreover, when a business has the 212-area code, a sense of stability is usually attached to it. Since 212 was the original area code of the city, it is now considered prestigious by some Manhattan residents.

Can I have my own 212 area code landlines?

Unfortunately, no you cannot nowadays. As of August 2010, AT&T company has stated that there are no new numbers available with 212 area code. The area codes now assigned in Manhattan are 917, 646, and 347 in northern Manhattan.

However, you may buy a landline with the area code 212 from a previous owner. It is going to cost you though. Moreover, you must know the legal procedures to transfer that landline to your ownership so you won't be charged with any foul play. It is worth mentioning though that, it is not recommended that you seek to buy a landline from untrusted sources. This is a way that scammers use to scam people off their money. So be vigilant when trying to buy a landline from anyone other than the state.

Can I choose to ignore or not receive a number with the area code 212?

Blocking an unwanted call differs according to your phone's operating system (iPhone or Android).

To block unwanted calls from area code 212, do the following steps:

If you are an Android user:

· Go to the Recent Calls menu.

· Click Details (besides the number you want to block)

· Click Block Number, and Voila. You won't receive any calls from that number anymore.

If you are an iPhone user:

· Go to your Recent Calls menu.

· Choose the number that you want to block with the area code 212.

· Click the encircled (i) in it.

· Click more information from the next menu.

Click Block this number, and just like that you have blocked that number you won't receive any unwanted calls from it once again.



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