BC is getting a new area code (236) as of June 2012. Up until 1996 we only had 604, but then 250 was introduced to cover the area outside Vancouver. When we began running out of numbers again, 778 was introduced in 2001. This was used in Vancouver initially then spread out across the province. The new 236 code will be used all across the province too.
You still see signs which have phone numbers without the area code. Most of BC still thinks like it is a small town and everyone should know the area code. That’s changing. In fact they’ve already set aside 672 as the next area code to use when we run out of numbers again.
What’s your preference for your area code? 604, 250, 778, 236 or will you wait for 672?