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Posted on July 29, 2011.
This article was originally printed in Metro Vancouver on July 29, 2011.
An insatiable appetite for connectivity is at the root of the decision to add a new area code in British Columbia.
Starting in June 2013, the new 236 area code will be added to the province’s current 604, 250, and 778 designations in order to refill a number pool that was projected to reach its limit by August 2016.
“Part of it is population growth, but a bigger part of it is the explosive demand for wireless service,” explained Telus spokesman Shawn Hall.
“People used to have one or two phones in a family: you’d have your home phone, and maybe somebody in the household would have an office number.”
These days, however, everyone, often including the children, have their own cellphones and other devices in addition to numbers at home and work.
Existing customers will retain their old phone numbers and area codes when the 236 area code is introduced.
I'm David Proctor, Vancouver-based freelance journalist. I graduated SFU with double majors in communication and political science in 2011, and was news editor of The Peak for over two years. I have also written extensively for the Vancouver edition of Metro News. Today, I seek freelancing opportunities and regular news-writing work.