The Virtual Number Company constantly aims to evolve to meet the needs and demands of its customers, and so is delighted to announce that it is greatly increasing its supply of virtual London phone numbers by providing a much larger number of 0203 numbers. Previously the Virtual Number Company has specialised in 0207 and 0208 numbers, and although we will still be providing 0207 and 0208 numbers, the demand is clearly as great if not greater for 0203 numbers.
Of course, strictly speaking there is no such thing as an 0203 area code, and we are very much aware of that. 020 is the area code for London, and then the first digit of the rest of the phone number is 3, 7 or 8. But it is a common misperception that there are three different area codes – 0203, 0207 and 0208, and that is what people are looking for when they are ordering virtual London phone numbers. So, we are aware that 020 is the area code, but it is easier to refer to them as 0203 numbers as a shorthand method of communication.
Originally, 0207 numbers were for inner London, and 0208 numbers were for outer London. 0203 are the newest of the three numbers. It was announced in July 2004 that 0203 numbers – or 020 London numbers with the next digit being 3 – were to be introduced, and they were rolled out the following year in June 2005. 0203 numbers were for the whole of Greater London, as opposed to 0207 and 0208 numbers, although it had already become blurry as to where they were assigned. Part of the idea was that there would be no social stigma attached to having an 0203 number as it could be for anywhere in the capital.
At the time of the announcement of 0203 numbers, OFCOM said “Our message is, there's no need to panic because nothing is really changing. The code for London is actually 020 and the seven, eight and three are simply sub-codes." This is quite right, but it is far easier to say 0203 numbers than 020 numbers followed by 3. The spokesman also said at the time that the 020 code will give London new numbers "for several decades to come", which is quite right, as there are still 0200, 0201, 0202, 0204, 0205, 0206 and 0209 codes to use!
Commenting on the increase in 0203 numbers, Jemma Fox of The Virtual Number Company said: “As 020 numbers followed by 3 are the newest of the London numbers then it is not surprising they have taken longer to catch on, but we are now finding that they are incredibly popular and so we are delighted to be offering a much larger range of 0203 London phone numbers”.