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Goodbye 415, Hello Scary New Area Code

As you may have heard, the 415 is full. Starting March 21, 2015, the terrifying and foreign 628 will be assigned to new numbers. Disgusting? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely. So, hold onto your 415 prefixes, folks. The age of the even-numbered area code stands before us. Brace yourselves.  

How should you prepare? According to SF Weekly: "carriers are urging landline-users with 415 numbers to get in the habit of dialing 1 then the area code before every call. Come February 21 of next year, this will be mandatory."

Sweet Jesus.

Oh, and this goes for all of SF and Marin, of course. (The East Bay, who once shared the 415, turned to 510 and 925 area codes in 1991 and 1998, respectively.) But does it have to be this way? Do all of us have to give up our 415 pride? The Bold Italic doesn't think so. "[I]nstead of sharing 415 and 628, why not create one 415 region and one 628 region," muses TBI's George McIntire. "That wouldn’t be unprecedented – 415 used to cover the East Bay until it became 510. We propose that Marin get the 628 and we keep 415. After all, San Francisco is synonymous with the four-one-five."