The 973 Area Code in New Jersey


For businesses that want to tap into northern New Jersey markets, you should be looking to subscribe to a phone number with a 973 area code. The 973 area code covers several counties and major cities in New Jersey, including:

  • Morristown

  • Montclair

  • Newark

  • Orange

  • Clifton

  • Dover

  • Parsippany

  • Paterson


Area Code 973

As an area code that originated nearly two decades ago (in 1997, to be exact), the 973 area code was once considered a long-lasting solution to accommodate the overwhelming demand in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. However, even before the 2000s began, these 973 area code numbers were almost exhausted — which is a testament to the need for businesses to access lucrative northern New Jersey-based markets.

In this article, we’ll take a look at why the 973 area code is in demand and how you can gain access to the 973 Area Code by subscribing with a qualified telecom service provider.

Why is the 973 Area Code in Demand?

As one of the wealthiest regions in the United States, entrepreneurs and businesses know that communicating directly with residents and other businesses can be the quickest way to exponentiate their profits. Northern New Jersey, as well as the adjacent markets of New York City and its surrounding five boroughs, comprise some of the most sought-after wealth — considering that the area was ranked #2 for the highest median household income across the nation in 2017. Similarly, a NJ-based area code like 973 gives business owners the authenticity and brand awareness to be based in New Jersey, which features residents that have some of the country’s highest education rates among its 9 million residents. The area also has an extremely robust economy, including biopharmaceuticals, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, and technology.

Now, that you’re brought up to speed on why the 973 area code in New Jersey can be a high priority for your business, let’s take a look at how you can get something called a virtual phone number that can radically shift your business model for the better.

What are Virtual Phone Numbers?

Virtual phone numbers are a relatively easy concept to grasp. First, understand that virtual phone numbers allow calls to be routed from one phone number to another instantly, no matter where they are located in the world. Using cloud computing and other forms of Internet-based telecommunications, calls can be made to the virtual phone number and those same calls are routed to another phone number, referred to as the “destination phone number.” For outbound calls from a virtual phone number (coupled with an add-on called “outbound calling”), calls can be placed to customers in 973 area codes and have those same digits appear on the recipient’s caller ID as a number with the same area code and digits that they’re familiar with. Furthermore, calls that originate from outside of the country don’t face the same restrictions that domestic service providers may place for international calls, like long distance fees or service blockages.

To use an example, if you have a 973 area code virtual phone number for your landline located in Germany, your company can process inbound calls from northern New Jersey just as they would any other call. Vice versa, your Germany-based landline can reach northern New Jersey customers without having to dial out or be rejected by recipients that may not want to do business with a foreign business.

Of course, there are a number of benefits to using a virtual phone number with a 973 area code, including implementing a virtual office and virtual location. Suppose that your company was a foreign startup and has the means to facilitate transactions through a fully integrated e-commerce website. By establishing a virtual office and opening up lines of communication with a virtual phone number, your startup creates a facsimile of a business that’s located in New Jersey. And considering that many customers prefer to do business over the phone instead of when visiting a branch office, your business can benefit from not having to establish a brick & mortar presence in the United States — which can be cost-prohibitive for even the most profitable enterprises.


Another benefit of virtual phone numbers is that they can add new functionalities to your 973 area code phone number and thus expand how your business functions. Consider the popular add-on “time of day routing,” which allows inbound calls to be forward to different destination phone numbers and/or voicemails depending on the time of day that a call is placed. If your business is located 5 hours away in, for example, London, you can have calls that fall outside of regular business hours to be forwarded to a call center to process the call. This ensures that no caller is shut out from contacting your company, even if your primary staff are unavailable.

Author: Tom Senkus

Author’s Bio: Tom Senkus is a telecom writer that seeks to share his knowledge about emerging technology and how businesses can gain a competitive advantage in our evolving global marketplace.

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