How It Works

How it Works?

Below are the most common questions with simplified answers, if you have a question or concern that is not listed please feel free to contact us.

General

Who are you 212areacode.com?

212areacode.com was established a few years back, in an effort to satisfy the need of many businesses and personal clients seeking the 212 area code. We have started by providing 212 phone numbers for friends and family, once the demand for the product grew, we’ve established a website to offer this great service to all New Yorkers as well as clients from other states who wish to have a 212 area code phone number.

Is this service legal?

Yes, On November 24, 2003, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) enacted a new regulation to allow you greater flexibility with your telephone number. You may switch your home number from a traditional land telephone line to a cellular or wireless telephone and vice versa.

What is the process of purchasing a number and when will I get the information?

Browse the selection of numbers we have available, when you find a number that suits you, simply add it to your cart and proceed to checkout. Once checkout and payment via PayPal is complete we will send you within 1-2 business days (sometimes even the same day) all the information associated with the number you selected, including account number and PIN to transfer the number to your phone provider.

Is there a monthly fee for your service?

No, there is no monthly charge for this service, once you purchase this number it will be yours just like your current phone number.
Remember, you must port / transfer the number to your carrier within 14 days of receiving the porting instructions

Are these numbers brand new?

These numbers are brand new and newly activated, avoiding the possibility of someone calling your new number looking for someone else (of course there may be exception).

What is the difference between Standard, Business & Exclusive numbers?

Standard numbers are generic and basic; they give you a simple 212 area code phone number which you may use for any purpose including business.

Business numbers are easier to remember than personal numbers, hence the price difference; however, you may use a business number for personal and vice versa.

What separates the Exclusive numbers from the personal and business numbers is how extremely easier to remember they are, benefiting businesses that rely on their clients to memorize their number, especially service oriented businesses.

The categories listed are for simple navigation on our site, you may use a personal number for business or an exclusive number for personal, the only difference between the categories is how we list them.

How do you get 212 phone numbers?

The numbers are provided to to us from many sources across the US.

Does the number I purchase belong to me?

The number you purchase from us belongs to you the same way your current number belongs to you; you may port it out and change carriers whenever you wish.

Will I receive anything in the mail?

We will send the information you will need to port the number to your carrier via email, in some instances we will mail the physical SIM card along with porting instructions and a receipt to your confirmed PayPal address.

Do you offer business customers discounted pricing for buying multiple phone numbers?

Yes, when buying more than 10 (non-sequential) numbers we offer a considerable discount; please contact us for a customized quote, or visit our wholesale page.

Can I sell my 212 area code number through your website?

Numbers on our site are exclusively owned by us, Currently we are considering offers for 20 or more consecutive numbers, if you have blocks you want to sell, please contact us


Number Porting

What is number porting?

Number porting, or the industry term, Local Number Portability (LNP), basically provides you with the ability to take any phone number, which is in an account with your name, and move it to any service provider. There are some limitations as it relates to porting numbers to land line phones, it must be within the physical area of the specific area code.

Which comes first – a 212 number or a phone line?

Before you sign up for a new line of service you should have the info pertaining to the 212 number you wish to acquire, this way it will be quicker and easier for your new phone company to port the number the first time around.

Is there a time limitation on porting out a number?

Yes, once you order a number from us you will be required to port the number to your selected service provider within 2 weeks, we cannot guarantee a successful port after this time period.

How soon will I be able to use this new 212 area code phone number?

You should receive the information associated with your number along with an assist sheet detailing the process of porting the number to your carrier within 1-2 business days (sometimes even the same day).

Porting these numbers to cell phone carriers usually occurs within 2-24 hours.

Porting these numbers to VoIP or Hosted PBX systems can take up to a few weeks.

Which phone carriers support porting your 212 area code phone numbers?

The carriers who support our 212 area code phone numbers breaks down into three categories: Landlines, Cell phones & VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).

Cell phones:
All carriers with no exception will port our 212 area code phone numbers to their service.

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol):
Most VoIP carriers will port our 212 area code phone numbers to their service, to verify simply ask your potential carrier if they support Number Portability or LNP (local number portability).

Land-lines:
Outside of Manhattan Land-line carriers do not support porting 212 area code phone numbers as they must comply with mandatory 911 as opposed to other VoIP carriers who can rely on E911 (Enhanced 911).
Within Manhattan Time Warner Cable & Verizon support porting our 212 area code numbers.

To read more about 911 vs E911: http://www.tmcnet.com/voip/0705/special-focus-e911-ruling-what-it-means.htm

If you want to get a 212 number for your home, we suggest using a VoIP carrier such as: Vonage

If you want to get a 212 number for your Business, we suggest using a VoIP carrier such as: 8×8

Do you offer call forwarding?

Yes, call forwarding is offered on monthly basis for $24.99 a month, you may subscribe to monthly call forwarding here:


212 Phone Number You Purchased
Phone Number calls will forward to

Can I ‘park’ a purchased number with your service?

Yes, we do offer the ability to park your purchased number with our service provider for a minimal fee.
To park a 212 number, you just have to pay a small fee. Enter the number you purchased below and For just $12, you will be able to park your 212 phone number for 90 days.

 


Number you purchased and wish to park



Can I port the number to my cell phone?

Yes, all of our numbers can be ported to a cell phone and all carriers accept our phone numbers.

Can I port the number to a landline?

If you live in Manhattan and would like a 212 number, you may port the number to either Verizon or Time Warner Cable. Alternatively,  you may port the number to any VoIP provider such as Vonage, 8×8 or RingCentarl.

Optimum (Cablevision) will not allow to port in a 212 number purchased from us in all 5 boroughs.

Can I port the number to Google Voice?

Yes, Google Voice has enabled porting numbers into their system for all users, click here to verify the number you are interested in is eligible to port: https://www.google.com/voice/b/0/porting

Can I port the number to Skype?

Although Skype does not allow phone port in at this time we do hope they enable this feature soon.

Can I port the number to VoIP, Ooma or MagicJack?

Most VoIP companies support the function of bringing your own number, such as Vonage, Packet8 (8X8) Phone.com, Bandwidth.com or ringcentral.com You may port the number to MagicJack Plus or Ooma service although you might incur a one time fee.

Will my current phone company charge me an additional fee to port the number?

Typically your current phone company will not charge you to port the new number as they’re pleased to have you as a customer (except for Ooma). To be sure, check with your current phone company.

What happens to my old number?

When you port a new number to any existing service, your old number is dropped from your account and will be placed in a queue for other new account holders.

How come some of the numbers show as ‘Unavailable’ for porting to Google voice?

Google voice only allows mobile numbers to be ported into their system, we’ll work to port the number you purchased into a mobile carrier. This porting process can take 3-5 days and as soon as the number is ready for porting into your Google Voice account, we’ll send you concise and clear instructions on how to complete it.


Payment & Privacy

Is there a monthly fee for your service?

No, there is no monthly charge for this service, once you purchase this number it will be yours just like your current phone number.
Remember, you must port / transfer the number to your carrier within 14 days of receiving the porting instructions

What kind of guarantee do you offer?

We offer a 100% money back guarantee, if you are unable to port the number to you carrier we will refund you the full amount. (Check with your carrier first to make sure you can port in the number you like).

What payment types do you accept?

We proudly accept PayPal payments. Through PayPal, you can make a payment using the following methods with, or without having a PayPal account: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or eCheck.
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What is your return policy?

Due to the nature of this product we cannot accept returns, sorry.

What is your privacy policy?

All the information you enter on this site is kept confidential, we don’t sell it or distribute it by any means.
You credit card info is kept private even from us, all payments go through PayPal, so you have nothing to worry about, since PayPal is the most trusted name in online payments.

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