Southern Ontario Is Getting Another New Area Code

I’m sure this is old news to some of you, but I’m putting it here so that next June when people start giving me strange phone numbers I won’t have to puzzle over where the hell they live. I did that forever when they brought in 226 back in 2006 because I somehow missed that memo, and I don’t need that happening again because I’m getting too old to keep up with all these damn area codes.

Speaking of which, I think it’s pretty crazy that we already need another one, even though I totally get it. Back when we still had our landline, I had a cordless phone sitting right next to the cell phone on my desk. Each one obviously had its own number, and each one was in a different area code. I wish I could go back and show this to my little kid self, because it would blow his friggin mind. Hell, modern me was even a little amazed by it.

Area code map
A new area code is coming to southern Ontario.

Starting June 4, 2016, the new 548 area code will be introduced in the region currently served by area codes 226 and 519.
Residents and businesses requesting a new phone number may get a number with the 548 area code.
Seven-digit phone numbers with the new area code will only be assigned to customers when the existing supply of seven-digit numbers with 226 and 519 area codes is depleted. So, it is possible for two people to have the same phone number but different area codes.

I know they have to throw that last bit in there, but I can’t resist giving them a giant DUH anyway because come on now, that’s pretty obvious. Anything else would defeat the purpose of the whole system, am I wrong? The full story is here, not that you’ll need it.

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