This thread is a mirror image of »Looking for a good NY number
... just the names and faces (and numbers) have changed.
It's interesting to note that all of you Toronto area folks are having a similar discussion regarding the pros and cons of having a DID with an old or new Toronto area code.
New York City's five boroughs originally all carried the 212 area code, considered throughout the world to represent a premium "address" (DID) for businesses. That was all changed when AC212 was restricted to the borough of Manhattan (which most folks know as NYC) ... with Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx being changed to AC718.
AC917 was originally meant for cellular numbers only ... within all five boroughs ... but this "rule" was eventually relaxed so AC917 is know used occasionally for non-cellular services in all five boroughs.
Meanwhile, NANPA added AC646 as a Manhattan-only overlay for AC212 ... while releasing AC347 as an overlay to the other four boroughs.
So the argument rages (in the BBR Forums and elsewhere) as to the desirability and prestige of AC212 over the newer Manhattan-only (NYC) AC646.
As an "old-timer" who recalls having to use "live operators" in a major NJ suburb of NYC in the 1940s ... before "dialing" was instituted ... I remember picking up the earpiece that hung on the "hook" on the side of the telephone "stalk", and talking into the microphone on the "stalk", asking the operator to "Give me Passaic 1234
", just using the 4-digit number I wanted to reach. And I had to make sure that one of our neighbors on our "party line" (4 families to a line) was not using the phone when I wanted to make a call.
My point is that, as children and teens grow into young and middle-aged adults, they too will barely remember the "old days" (that is, the difference between original and overlayed area codes). We old adults have already forgotten the actual names that were used for exchanges before digital dialing replaced the rotary dial ... such as OXbow-6 that is now 696- and GRegory-3 that became 473- and MElrose-5 that morphed into 635-.
Prediction: 10 years from now nobody in Toronto or New York City will have any opinion one way or another about the benefits of AC416 vs. AC647 or
AC212 vs. AC646 numbers.