408 area code serves the coastal regions of northern California, including San Jose, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and many smaller cities and rural areas in between. It covers Santa Clara County and San Benito County.
In the United States, AT&T Local used to own the 408 area code from 1947 until 2000, when it was purchased by SBC Communications and renamed SBC408. On June 24, 2011, AT&T filed with the FCC to transfer all active telephone numbers from SBC408 to AT&T, approved on August 3, 2011, and completed on October 8, 2011.
WHAT IS THE 408 AREA CODE?
408 is a California area code for southeastern Santa Clara County and northern Monterey County, including San Jose. It was split from area code 415 on November 5, 1991. Phone numbers using 408 are sometimes referred to as Silicon Valley despite official signage being altered to San Jose or Santa Clara Valley. Phone numbers using 408 are also assigned to Northern Santa Cruz County areas, including Big Basin State Park and La Selva Beach/Capitola.
Where does the 408 area code come from?
The 408 area code is one of ten telephone area codes in California that was created in 1947 as part of a major reorganization of telephone service throughout most of California under Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, which added two new area codes to go with its original 213 (San Francisco) and 707 (northwest).
The 408 area code currently serves communities in Silicon Valley, including Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and parts of Los Gatos. It also extends westward into Sunnyvale, where it borders on Santa Clara County’s 925 area code. By far, 408 is one of California’s smaller geographical land areas covered by an area code. New York City alone has 11 phone numbers assigned to just seven digits for comparison purposes.
Yet despite being such a small geographic region – only about 1/6th of New York City’s size – 408 sports more than 3 million active phone numbers! That means there are approximately 13,000 phones for every square mile of territory in 408.
That is amazing when you think about how those three million numbers must have spread out over nearly 400 square miles and almost 20 cities—all served by just 10 prefixes ranging from 024 to 878! With so many different prefixes covering such a wide geographical region.
Are calls from 408 numbers toll-free?
The 408 area code represents several different telephone exchanges in Northern California: Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, and Monterey County. If you live within one of these counties, your call is local. If you do not live within one of these counties (or if you’re calling from outside those areas), your call is long-distance and will cost you accordingly.
Because there are so many possibilities when it comes to an individual caller’s code location, there’s no way to tell whether a call originating from 408 numbers is toll-free without first asking who they are or where they are calling from.
Can I send a text message to a 408 number?
Yes! Like calling a number with an 805 area code is no different from calling a number with any other area code, texting is also no different. Any 408 numbers can send and receive texts just like all other phone numbers. It’s as simple as sending or receiving a text message to and from any other number in any other part of your state, country, or world (as long as you have service).
How do I block unwanted 408 calls?
If you’re receiving unwanted calls from 408 area codes (and 408 area codes throughout California and other areas of North American), there are several ways to stop these calls. Here are some tips for stopping and reporting California phone spam and telemarketing scams. Please see our guide on blocking unwanted calls for more detailed information about unlisted telephone lines numbers and what to do if your number is unlisted.
It doesn’t matter what kind of inbound call center program you have in place; it can be difficult to identify unsolicited 408/California calls because they’re often ‘spoofed’ – faked caller ID information that disguises where a call is coming from.
What time zone does area code 408 follow?
408 is a California area code that covers NorCal and SoCal. In addition to these two areas, 408 serves Northern Nevada and Arizona and small portions of Utah and Idaho. The largest city in area code 408 is San Jose, with over a million residents. When it comes to time zones, most CA follows Pacific Standard Time (PST). However, there are several exceptions; one exception is San Francisco which follows Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
Is area code 408 a scam?
It’s almost that time of year again when our mailboxes and e-mail inboxes fill up with advertisements trying to sell us something or get our charitable donations. And it is during these times of the year; we begin receiving phone calls from numbers we don’t recognize – area code 408 is a notable example – telling us they are going to save us money by lowering our electric bill or giving us a credit card interest rate decrease.
If you do not recognize an incoming call from an area code you normally answer, you should always be suspicious about answering. There are two factors in play here: who might be calling, and how can I screen for possible scams if I decide to answer? Of course, some individuals may be willing to take chances on Caller ID information since few telephone companies show names and company data on your Caller ID display, but what about businesses wanting more certainty about each incoming call? Even today, people are willing to give away their personal contact information – but let’s face it.
How can I get a 408 number?
An area code is easy to obtain and can be considered a good way to expand your small business’s telephone resources or simply separate work and personal calls. The best part is that they are fairly inexpensive! To get a 408 area code number, there are two primary ways you can go about it 1) Inbound toll-free (888) numbers; 2) Outbound local phone numbers (408).
If you do not wish to deal with multiple phone lines for all of your accounts, an inbound toll-free number may be more efficient. With inbound toll-free numbers, incoming calls will ring directly into a dedicated extension on one of your other phone lines, which do not charge additional fees for unlimited calling as some local area codes may do.
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