416 area code numbers are now as rare as hen’s teeth. The last 416’s were handed out in 2006 by the Canadian Numbering Association, which means these three digits have become hot, hot, hot. 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?”