Have you ever heard the expression “the truth is in the numbers”? Well, this can be true when you’re talking about area codes, too. After all, the truth about a telephone number is hidden, to a certain extent, within its area code. These three digits allow you to know to which state, part of a state, or metropolitan area a telephone number belongs.
Of course, what an area code might reveal to you may be completely separate from what it might say to someone else. It all depends on what area code you’re working with and what information you’re hoping to obtain from it. For example, if you’re living in a densely populated urban area, then an area code might tell you what part of the city someone is from, or even how new their phone number might be. You might need to use the area code every time you dial a number, even a local number, so knowing which one is attached to the phone number you want to call is important, so you’re used to dialing ten digits for a local call. On the other hand, if you’re from a more rural area, or a more sparsely populated part of a state, then you may not need to use area codes very often unless you’re calling long distance, so you’re used to dialing only seven digits to make a local call.
However, no matter how much you use area codes, it is still extremely unlikely that you are familiar with even a quarter of those that are currently in use throughout the nation – not to mention those that are slated to become used in the near future.
Though you might doubt how much an area code can reveal about a phone number, you might be surprised to discover how much there really is to learn with those three little digits. For one thing, you’ll know where the call is from – generally speaking – but for another, you’ll know more about the area covered by the area code itself if you look it up. This means that instead of just knowing that the call was from a particular state, you may be able to narrow it down much further.
You may also be able to learn more about who may have called you. For example, if you have received a mystery number on your Caller ID while you were away, you may be able to identify who the caller could have been simply by looking at the area code. You may only know a small number of people from that area code, you can narrow it down or guess outright if all you needed was a jog of your memory.
Primarily, you have the chance to learn about where an area is from and why it may be connected to you.