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Area code 438 was not one of the original area codes introduced in 1947 as a part of the North American Numbering Plan. When those codes were first introduced Québec and Ontario were the only provinces that received multiple area codes. Quebec was split between area codes 514 and 418. These codes managed the load very well for many years, but by 2006 both were very close to exhaustion. To help relieve the load on the 514 area code the 438 area code was introduced.


The 438 area covers Montreal and most of its on-island suburbs. In most areas it exists side by side with the 514 area code. An area code assigned to a new telephone number is usually a discretionary decision made by the local telephone companies.


At the moment, area code 438 serves all of the following communities:


  • Montreal
  • Île-Perrot
  • Lachine
  • Pointe-Claire
  • Roxboro
  • Sainte-Geneviève


The majority of the assigned 438 area code numbers serve the city of Montreal, a cosmopolitan, lively place that is the largest city in Quebec. It also however serves the unique island communities that surround Montreal and lend it even more individuality. Here is a look at some of the things that make the region served by the 438 area code so special.


Montreal – Montreal began its formal existence as a city under the name of Ville Marie. The name Montreal was a nod to the Mount Royal, the majestic triple-peaked hill that is located in the heart of the modern city.


Montreal is the largest, most populous city in the province of Quebec, boasting 1,704,694 residents according to the 2016 census. This also makes it the second largest city in Canada after Toronto.


Like most of the province in general Montreal is very much a bi-lingual city. According to 2016 census, 56% of the population speak both official languages, French and English, with around 60% acknowledging French as their primary language of preference. Oddly enough, some 20% of households neither language is the primary, a demonstration of just what a diverse and culture-rich city Montreal has become.


While Quebec City is the political center of Quebec Province, Montreal is its commercial heart. You’ll find every industry represented by the 438 area code. It is also one of just three North American cities, the other being New York and Washington DC, to host the United Nations.


Île Perrot – Île Perrot is a small island located to West of Montreal. It is a stunningly beautiful place that remains largely untouched, although new housing developments are making changes in some areas, and putting new strain on the 438 area code. These new homes are, however, designed to blend it with the abundant forests, where you will find some of the most diverse sets of trees, including sugar maple, red maple, northern red oak, white ash and bitternut hickory


Île Perrot is also home to the only windmill in the Province of Quebec. It was officially designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1969, and is a big draw for tourists to this day.


Lachine – Until 2002 Lachine was an independent city in its own right, but it has since been incorporated into the Greater Montreal Area. It does, however, retain some very special characteristics of its own, all centered around the Lachine Canal that runs through it.


The waterfront downtown of Lachine is a big draw for Montreal folks. It boasts a number of excellent restaurants offering a wide range of international cuisines, ethnic shops and grocery stores and some of the most fascinating boutiques to be found anywhere in the city. It’s also a favorite destination for runners and cyclists.


The Importance of the 438 Area Codes


When area codes were first introduced they were created for a single, very practical purpose, to allow telephone subscribers to place long distance calls directly, without having to wait for a human operator to assist them.


As the demands for telephone numbers has increased and continues to increase, making use of an overlay code like area code 438 has become the preferred way to manage telephone number designation in Canada. An overlay code does exactly what its name suggests, it does not split a geographical area into a new calling zone, simply provides relief for an older code that is becoming overworked. Or in telephone company language, exhausted.


An area code is more than just a number to many people though, it’s a part of their identity. This is especially true for businesses. The area code that their customers and clients dial to get in touch with them places them geographically without the caller even knowing the physical address they might be dialing into. And as many people prefer, when possible, to deal with local companies rather than larger, ‘faceless’ national concerns for a company trying to reach people living in the 438 area code it can be a great branding tool.


How to Get a 438 Area Code Number


The 438 area code represents a community that is vibrant and unique, as well as one that is steeped in history. But how can you ensure that your new telephone number is assigned to it? When working with a traditional telephone company that can be very hard, as numbers are usually assigned at random. There is a way however that you can choose your own 438 area code telephone number or telephone numbers even if your business is not physically located within the geographical area it serves, and that is via a Digital Voice based communications system.


Is Digital Voice Based Communication Right for You?


Digital Voice makes use of an Internet connection to send voice and other data, rather than relying on systems of wires and switches as traditional phone lines do. This is actually technology that has been around for some time, but in recent years, as Internet access and speeds have improved and decreased in cost, more and more businesses and residential customers have made the switch.


There are many advantages in doing so, especially for a business. These include all of the following:


  • Lower cost per call
  • Lower costs on long distance and international calls
  • Ease of installation, as everything is completed remotely
  • Ease of maintenance, as no bulky equipment needs to be physically stored on the subscriber’s premises.
  • Excellent voice quality that is equal to, or can surpass, the quality provided by a traditional phone system.
  • Ease of expansion, as new features, can be added remotely in minutes, with no more waiting for a technician to arrive.
  • Ease of repair, almost all troubleshooting is completed quickly and remotely
  • Ease of data integration, audio conferencing, video conferencing and other communications methods can be seamlessly incorporated for improved monitoring purposes.
  • Improved customers relations, conveniences like auto attendants, IVRs, and mobile routing can all be added at a nominal extra cost quickly and easily.


This all sounds good to you? As does adding a 438 area code number to your business cards? Then the time to act is now. Thanks to continued growth in Montreal and the other areas that the 438 area code serves it is also starting to become exhausted. Under current projections a new area code will be needed by 2025 at the latest, and 438 area code numbers may become very hard to get, even via a Digital Voice system. So call or contact us today to claim your 438 area code numbers and a great deal on a Digital Voice communications system designed to meet your unique business needs.