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613 AREA CODE NUMBER: LOCATION, CITIES, MAP AND TIME ZONE
The 613 area code, along with the overlay area code 343, covers the City of Ottawa and a portion of surrounding Eastern Ontario. Area code 613 was one of the original area codes introduced in 1947 via the North American Numbering Plan.
When it was first introduced the 613 area code was assigned to telephone exchanges across Ontario, with the exception of the Golden Horseshoe Region. Its introduction allowed residents and businesses to finally place long distance calls without the assistance of a human operator.
Of course, as the demand for new telephone numbers grew, the 613 area code began to feel the strain and was overlaid with the 343 area code in 2011. New 613 area code numbers are still issued, but they are in short supply.
At the time of writing the 613 area code serves all of the following communities in and around the City of Ottawa:
- Barry’s Bay
- Carleton Place
- Chalk River
- Clarence Creek
- Coe Hill
- Constance Bay
- Deep River
- East Hawkesbury
- Glen Robertson
- Golden Lake
- Leeds and the Thousand Islands
- Long Sault
- McDonalds Corners
- Mississippi Mills
- Moose Creek
- North Augusta
- North Dundas
- North Gower
- Ottawa-Hull city centre
- Palmer Rapids
- Rideau Lakes
- Seeleys Bay
- Sharbot Lake
- Smiths Falls
- South Dundas
- South Glengarry
- South Mountain
- South Stormont
- Saint Regis
- Stone Mills
- Vankleek Hill
- Wolfe Island
As one of the larger calling areas in Ontario the 613 area code covers a wide area and a lot of different communities. Here are interesting information some of the places the area code 613 serves.
Ottawa City Centre – Although in the minds of many foreigners, Toronto and Vancouver are ‘more famous’. it is Ottawa that serves as the capital city of Canada and has done so since 1857, when in a rather symbolic gesture Queen Victoria was asked on New Year’s Day to officially assign capital city status to one of a number of candidates. In reality, the Queen had little say, it was her ministers who made the final decision.
The growing city of Ottawa was chosen primarily for the reasons that its rather remote, forested location made it more easily defensible from potential attackers and that it lay halfway between two other important cities, Toronto and Montreal.
In the 21st century, Ottawa is renowned for more than simply being the nation’s capital. It is considered to be the ‘most educated’ city in Canada, thanks to the large number of colleges, universities and research facilities that call Ottawa home. It is also a centre of cultural excellence and an important centre for the high-tech industry which is in fact Ottawa’s second largest sector of employment after the public service sector. All of this makes the 613 area code a rather iconic one.
Kingston – Kingston lies on the Eastern end of Lake Ontario and for a relatively small city it has played an important part in the history of Ontario and of Canada as a whole. It was once the capital city of Canada, although that tenure was very short lived, and during the foundations of the nation, it served as both a strategic defense point and a centre of trade and industry. It is home to a World Heritage site, the Rideau Canal, as well as to 21 National Historic Sites of Canada.
Belleville – Belleville is another Eastern Ontario city, although fairly small, has had quite the impact on Canadian culture. In 1870 it became the site of Ontario’s first school for the deaf, a school that went on to win worldwide recognition and still exists to this day as Sir James Whitney School. Belleville is also where The Dixie Lee Fried Chicken chain and the Journey’s End Corporation hotel chain were founded.
What’s in an Area Code?
Technically, an area code is just a three-digit number that helps facilitate a long distance call, a function they’ve served for seventy years. Over the years, area codes have taken on an additional significance as regional identifiers. As the 613 area code has been in place since area codes were first implemented it is now forever linked with the area it serves. In fact, being from the 613 is a badge of honor for many people and many businesses, as a phone number with a 613 area code identifies them as belonging to an area that is a unique combination of proud history and modern innovation.
For a business, an area code can also be used as a powerful business branding tool. Making use of phone numbers that place them within the community they are seeking to reach not only makes communicating with them a local call for consumers but is also a trust builder, as many consumers do prefer to do business with a local concern rather than a faraway business.
How to Get a 613 Area Code Number
If you were to inquire to the local phone company you would be told that the only way your business or residence could be assigned a phone number with a 613 area code is if it was located within the geographical area the area code 613 serves. There is, however, a way that telephone customers can make use of the 613 area code without maintaining a physical presence there; via a Digital Voice telephone system.
Why Choose Digital Voice?
The Internet has changed the world in many different ways, from the way we search for information, the way we shop, the way we communicate and increasingly the way we make phone calls.
Digital Voice is a cloud-based technology that uses an Internet connection to transmit voice calls and other data rather than the hardwired technology that powers traditional PBX phone systems. And it is an alternative that an increasing number of people, especially business owners, are turning to.
There are lots of reasons why people are making the switch to Digital Voice and being able to choose the area code attached to the phone numbers they make use of is just one of them. Here are some of the other reasons that Digital Voice calling often offers a great deal more than the local phone company can provide:
- Lower costs – In addition to significant per call savings a Digital Voice system is not subject to all of the extra fees that a traditional landline is and although these charges are often relatively small – perhaps $10-$50 a month, over the course of the year they can really add up.
- Flexibility – A cloud based, Internet-powered Digital Voice system is hugely flexible. The system can be designed with as many or as few telephone numbers as you need and can be expanded with ease as your needs change. A Digital Voice system can also be configured to feature many extras: intelligent voice-mail, IVR, auto attendant and data integration technologies that a traditional phone company just cannot offer.
- Increased Productivity – A Digital Voice system can be configured to include and monitor many different ways that businesses communicate today, including emails, mobile communications and even audiovisual conferencing. This allows businesses to more accurately monitor all of their communications, often leading to increased customer satisfaction, increased employee productivity, job satisfaction and better cost control and allocation of employee time and resources.
How to Get Started with Digital Voice and the 613 Area Code
Interested in the idea of making the switch to Digital Voice? Does the idea of being able to make use of a 613 area code number sound like a great idea for your home or business? Then the time to act is now. As we mentioned, the 613 area code is getting closer to exhaustion. That means that there are now only a limited number of unique ten-digit area code 613 numbers left to be issued. Act now, you can claim your 613 area code numbers and get a great deal on a Digital Voice system that could help you cut costs, increase productivity and boost your business in ways that a deal with a traditional phone company never could.