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212 Numbers Up for Grabs!

212 numbers definitely have a reputation that precedes itself.  If you’re a New Yorker you probably understand what it means to have a 212 number. They have been referred to as the new “rent controlled apartment”, a status symbol (you’re considered a techie or early adopter with one of these numbers), and even sexy.  So, why is this number so popular?

The 212 area code was created back in 1947 when they were implementing the North American Numbering Plan.  The areas with the biggest populations got the area codes that could be dialed the fastest with a rotary dial, hence the 212 area code, according to Wikipedia.   Today, the 212 area code is used for Manhattan and is one of the smallest area codes in North America.

A few fun facts about 212 numbers:

Interested in a 212 number? We’re giving away a limited number of them to the Grasshopper customers who want them the most! Tweet at our Ambassador of Buzz at @GrasshopperBuzz or leave us a comment here on our blog and tell us why we should give you a 212 number! Lifelong goal? Trying to look cool? Born on February 12? Whatever the case may be, we want to hear about it and we want to help!

  • John Kisha

    Because I wanted one bad enough te be the first person to make a comment, and I love grasshopper!

  • Jonathan Kay

    Hey John!

    Thanks for commenting man…and you make 2 very fair points. Drop me an email at and i will connect you with the person who can hook up the 212’s!


  • Elan

    Is this still available? Well if so i’d love one so I can use it for business and look professional. Oh and I love Grasshopper too!

  • Allison Canty

    Hi Elan! Just sent you an email with the details regarding a 212 number. Please reply to that email should you have any issues and glad to hear you love Grasshopper!!

  • Gim

    I was in search for the 212 number for the past 3 moth, i found this great post, what a lucky day for me. I want every one to know that I LOVE GRASSHOPPER !!!

  • Tad Biskup

    Hi Jonathan!!

    Moving to NYC and am considering giving up my 15yr old San Francisco number! The only way i think i can give up my SF number is if I can get a 212 number! Any chance you can score a cool 212 number for me? Thanks, you’re awesome and so is GRASSHOPPER!

  • Stephanie Bullis

    Hi Tad!

    I just sent you an email. Happy to help – let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

  • Chris

    Expanding out Event Production business in NYC – are there any 212’s left?? Will sign up for grasshopper this week if this can happen!

    • Allison Canty

      Hi Chris– could you give our support team a call at 800-279-1455? They’ll be able to let you know if we have any more 212 numbers left. They’re hard to come by now a days!

  • J Levine

    I just moved back to ny after 10 years. I left my old 212 number behind to live with a decade of regret. Please, please may I have a 212 number. When I dial from 310 my IQ dips well beneath acceptable NY levels. Thanks for your help.

    • Allison Canty

      Hi there – could you give our support team a call at 800-279-1455? They’ll be able to let you know if we have any more 212 numbers left. They’re hard to come by now a days!

  • Matt M

    Because I just graduated college and am about to get an apartment in Manhattan!! Life is good.

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