All Features Phone Numbers 646 area code

What is area code 646 and where is its location?

According to the North American Number Plan (NANP), 646 is one of the four telephone area codes for Manhattan in New York City. It serves the borough along with area codes 212, 332, and 917. The 646 area code can be attached to both landline and cell phone numbers, as well as virtual phone numbers. It was added in 1999 to solve the scarcity of phone numbers available to the multiplying number of residents and businesses in the Manhattan borough. However, Manhattan’s Marble Hill neighbourhood is not covered by the 212/332/646 plan. It is part of the Bronx line, instead.

What are the other New York City area codes?

NEW YORK CITY AREA CODES 212 332 646 347 718 929 917
Bronx and Marble Hill area code

  Brooklyn area code

  Manhattan area code

  Queens area code

  Staten Island area code


The pace at which a city or a state functions can sometimes be understood by looking at its area code(s); New York is a prime example. According to the North American Numbering Plan, New York state has 19 area codes. New York City has 7 area codes among which 4 serve Manhattan. To give you some perspective, states like North Dakota, Delaware or Wyoming have only one area code serving the entire state. The table above shows all the existing New York City area codes and the boroughs they are attached to.

How to make calls to a phone number with 646 area code

There are 3 types of dialing under the NANP:
  • Seven-digit dialing (7-digit telephone number without area code)
  • Ten-digit dialing (3-digit area code + 7-digit telephone number)
  • Eleven-digit dialing or the national format (1-digit country code + 3-digit area code + 7-digit telephone number)

To make a call to a 646 area code phone number, you need to perform eleven-digit dialing (1 + 646 + 7-digit telephone number). If you are making the call from a phone number with the same area code, you can perform ten-digit dialing (646 + 7-digit telephone number).

What time zone does it follow?

646 area code follows EDT or Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) when daylight saving time is being observed (spring/summer). It follows EST or Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) during the remaining part of the year. Time zone is a key factor when you are making a long-distance call. You don’t want to wake people up in the middle of the night to talk business, do you? Working hours and availability are usually set for helplines or business phone numbers based on the local time zone too.

What do businesses need to keep in mind while using a New York City area code?

New York City has the largest regional economy in the United States. Manhattan is where most of this is centered — be it the Financial District (FiDi) in Lower Manhattan, the business district of Midtown Manhattan, or the sought-after loft spaces of Tribeca. It is also home to creative industries like advertising, media and fashion. Owning a local phone number in Manhattan is like virtually owning a prime piece of real estate! While the 212 area code still remains to be the most respected by virtue of being the original and first one to be assigned, new numbers are no longer available under it. You can buy 646 or 332 area code phone numbers instead, for your business.

Benefits of using a local phone number

Be a virtual New Yorker

You can expand your business operations to New York without scaling up your infrastructure or setting up an office in Manhattan.

Cut down on cost

Why incur more charges with only international toll-free phone numbers? Spend less with a local phone number while receiving calls.

Advertise better

Get featured in local directories and business listings in New York City. Make your presence felt among local communities.

Change perceptions

Despite being a global hotspot, New Yorkers take pride in being local and using local services. A 646 area code will help you fit in.

Make it easy to reach you

Your customers don’t have to spend money, making long distance calls to talk to you. It is easier and cheaper on local phone numbers.

Mask your number

You can also mask your primary business number with a phone number with 646 area code, while making outgoing calls.

How do I get a phone number with 646 area code?

You can take your pick of available 646 numbers from Freshdesk Contact Center virtual phone system. Once you sign up, you can buy more than one virtual phone number from a single area code or multiple area codes of your choice. You can also purchase toll-free phone numbers and vanity phone numbers from Freshdesk Contact Center. On completing the purchase, you can recharge your phone credits to make or receive calls. You can even port in your existing numbers and continue using them on Freshdesk Contact Center.

Why use Freshdesk Contact Center for your 646 area code numbers

Multi-level IVR

Allow your callers to self-service their way to the right team or person who can solve their needs. Play customized pre-recorded messages to answer FAQ or share instructions.

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Smart Escalations

Configure call routing while setting up your call center and ensure that zero calls are missed owing to unavailability of your team. Reduce the number of missed calls, voicemails and hang ups.

Business hour-based routing

Help your supervisor manage a geographically distributed phone team by setting up time-based routing rules. Ensure that calls are handled round-the clock in your call center.

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Call Recorder

Enable automatic call recording to keep track of customer conversations as well as to analyze your communication effectiveness. Record both incoming and outgoing calls.

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Create custom greetings depending on the call queue or the agent that the caller is intending to talk to. Allow callers to leave you a voicemail in case your agents are busy or on a holiday.

Call Monitoring & Barging

Supervise all your phone calls real-time with our live dashboard, from anywhere in the world. Barge into a call, if necessary, to increase your First Call Resolution percentage.

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