The 416 first appeared in 1947. It’s TORONTO’s oldest area code and to born-and-bred locals it symbolizes the city itself. There’s plenty of room for 647’s and 437’s, but the 416’s are all gone.
UNLESS of course . . . a business or individual is willing to pay hundreds or a couple of thousand dollars to snag a 416. For some, that’s important. <PHOTO – child’s 416 t-shirt, cafepress.ca>
Phone number vendor GEORGIOS PAPPAS: “They feel that a 647 number makes them feel like they’re not established. Let’s say you need a lawyer. If you call a 647 number, how credible is that lawyer, how many years has he been in business for?”