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Default 15-06-2011, 09:37

Yes, it's a little different in North America, where there are no specific mobile prefixes, so the area codes with the most cachet are the same as they've ever been, particularly 212 - though the advent of mobile telephony has meant that anyone (like, say, me) can have a Manhattan phone number without having to live there. The fact that mobile phones cost the same to call as other numbers in North America also makes a "local" number desirable, and for Canada, a Toronto number is a local call to a large share of the country's population, making 416 - as PhotoJim said - the one to get.

However, elsewhere, the original GSM mobile prefixes were often a) the most recognizable because they were the first; b) relatively quickly exhausted due to failure to anticipate demand; and c) sometimes "prestigious" for these reasons. (And these are the ones that are sold for a premium on eBay.)

However, there were some other situations, such as the UK, where all the prefixes were changed after GSM was well established. Can anyone explain that one?

Current DE: Vodafone, Netzklub; PL: Klucz, Virgin; UK: Giffgaff, Vodafone; US: T-Mobile; CA: 7-Eleven; IT: Vodafone; UA: Kyivstar; FR: Bouygues; GR: Vodafone
Former DE: Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2, Blauworld, 01051mobile, Solomo, Lycamobile, Simyo, Congstar, Fonic, Edeka Mobile, Lidl Mobile; PL: Heyah, Era, Virgin, Sami Swoi, Orange, POP, iPlus, Carrefour Mova, Telepin Mobi, Play, Lycamobile, T-Mobile; UK: Vodafone, T-Mobile, Virgin; US: T-Mobile, AT&T, Lycamobile; CZ: Vodafone, Oskar; ES: Lebara; GR: Vodafone, Wind; UA: Vodafone; IL: Orange; TR: Turkcell
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