604 AREA CODE NUMBER: LOCATION, CITIES, MAP AND TIME ZONE
The 604-area code was one of the original area codes assigned to regions across the US in the late 1940s, in this case, 1947. Area codes were primarily designed enable callers to place own calls, rather than having to go through an operator. Like zip and postal codes, area codes also became identifiers of an individual or businesses location.
In today’s world, phones have increased in number, the area covered by 604 has shrunk, and it is now mainly assigned to the City of Vancouver and the communities that surround it.
Area code 604 now applies to all the following areas:
Abbotsford, Agassiz-Kent-Harrison Hot Springs-Chehalis, Aldergrove, Anmore, Bowen Island, Boston Bar, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Gibsons,, Hope, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pender Harbour, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Powell River, Richmond, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Squamish, Surrey, Cloverdale, Newton, Whalley, White Rock, Vancouver, Whistler, and Yale.
As we mentioned earlier, the size of the area covered by the 604 area code has shrunk considerably as new area codes have been implemented to meet the demand for phone numbers for residences, businesses, cellphones, ATMs and much more. ‘The 604’ is still an important indicator of location though, including for these diverse communities that are worth taking a few minutes to discuss.
Vancouver – You may be aware of the fact that Vancouver is a big city, but did you know that it is the fourth densely populated city in North America after New York City, San Francisco and Mexico City (yep, there are more people that call Vancouver home than Toronto)
Here are two reasons among many why the city has become such a popular place to live and work, as well as why it is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life:
- It is a centre of innovation in a wide range of business niches, everything from pharmaceuticals and finance to tourism and movie making
- It is also a cultural centre, not only attracting the best artists of all kinds to its performance venues but also supporting some of the biggest recent advance in the worlds of movie making and video game production.
As it is a large and prominent city, the original 604 area code that once covered all of Vancouver’s telephones is now supplemented by the 236 and 778 area codes as well.
As an ‘original’ area code, a number associated with area code 604 is something that many pride, as it easily identifies that a number and its owner has ties and loyalties to this lively, innovative and historic place, something that can be important for a business that hope to appeal to locals.
New Westminster – Although it may not be as large or as well-known outside Canada as its bigger sibling Vancouver, to the residents of British Columbia the City of New Westminster is very important, especially in terms of its historical significance.
The area that would become the City of New Westminster was first discovered by Richard Clement Moody, a British military official, in 1858. He had been specifically tasked to find the perfect location to create ‘a second England on the shores of the Pacific’, and chose this area thanks to its proximity to the trade paths and its beauty.
The history of the city is a bumpy one though. It was not easy to build, as the British underestimated how difficult the dense forests would be to clear. Just as the little city was beginning to thrive, a huge fire destroyed much of it in 1898.
These days however New Westminster is known for its high concentration of tech businesses, as well as a magnet for historic buffs visits; the remains of the old city.
Coquitlam – Coquitlam is known as a ‘suburban city’, offering much of the hustle and bustle that residents in nearby Vancouver enjoy but also a quieter, more rural existence that thousands enjoy. Coca-Cola, Sony, and Rolls-Royce all have corporate offices in the area and the spectacular Hard Rock Casino is a major employer in the city as well.
Locals and tourists alike get to enjoy the beautiful city parks that are dotted around it, especially the sprawling Mundy Park that adds heritage and recreational opportunities for all at the heart of the city.
Why the 604 Area Code Still Matters
These days people communicate in more ways than simply by telephone.
There are text and instant messaging, emails, social media and more, making you think the area code attached to a telephone number is of little importance.
That’s not the case however, especially when it comes to the 604 area code. As it has been in use for so long it has become an important and familiar part of the identities of the committees it covers.
Mention ‘604’ to many Canadians and they immediately may locate the area in question.
Having a 604 area code assigned to telephone number or numbers, can be important to businesses that need and want to appeal to folks living in the area as many people prefer to do business with local business.
What you may not know, however, is that it is possible to offer your business’ clients and customers a way to communicate with you via a local 604 area code number without maintaining a physical presence there. You can do this by opting to use a cloud based, Internet powered telephone and communications system that offers this useful numbering convenience and a lot more.
The Advantages of Moving to Cloud
As the world and the people in it get busier and more technologically advanced, every day the demands on an average business phone system are greater than ever before.
Traditional phone systems, those installed and maintained by a local phone company may be upgraded and expanded to handle many of these new challenges, but doing so is rarely an easy or inexpensive process.
With the best will in the world there are just some newer technologies and applications that a traditional PBX system cannot handle.
A cloud based, Internet powered communications and telephone system is the modern alternative to all of this and choosing to make the switch to one can be beneficial to individuals, but especially to businesses, who can gain all of these advantages and more.
- Expand with Ease – Every business grows and changes so does it communication needs. In the past, something as simple as adding an extra phone line for a new employee could be a frustrating experience. Adding a new line to a cloud based system is quick and hassle free, with no extra wiring, or a visit from a technician who might take hours (or days) to arrive. The addition of new lines can be achieved in minutes.
- Integrate All Your Systems – Most businesses use a number of different ways to communicate and interact with their clients, customers and colleagues. Text messaging, instant messaging, mobile communications, audio and video teleconferencing and even social media. While many of these features cannot easily be integrated into a traditional phone system, a cloud based communications system can perfectly integrate, monitor and track changes.
- Save Money – There is not a business or person anywhere in the world that does not like to save money, whenever and wherever they can.
Making the ‘move to the cloud’ to meet your telephone communication needs certainly does that, with sensible and set pricing in place it is possible for businesses to budget correctly while also freeing them to make those calls that could grow their bottom line – often long distance and international calls that were prohibitively expensive in the past.
If adding a 604 area code to your phone number would help your business and your brand, and the idea of making use of a telephone and communication system that meets your needs today and tomorrow is one that appeals to you, now is the time to act.
Area codes eventually become exhausted and numbers are then no longer available, so a 604 area code number may no longer be an option soon.
Contact us today to discuss your communication needs, no matter how big or small, and we’ll be happy to help you build the unique system that works for you.