A year and a half ago, we pointed to a NY Times article about how the concept of the area code was dying thanks to mobile phones and VoIP. However, it seems that the NY Times (with a different reporter) is revisiting the idea, and noting that people often feel a sentimental attachment to an area code, and keep that phone number long after they move for a variety of different reasons. For some, it's a way of reminding themselves where they're from or where they went to school. For others, it's a "commitment" to someday go back. For others, it's just a good networking conversation starter -- as people ask where that area code is from. Of course, then there are those who just keep the number for convenience, so that anyone from their past can always reach them. So while the concept of the area code actually meaning you're calling a specific geographic location may be dead -- the geographic association with the area code may not be.
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