Area Code


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Area Code

A three-digit code affixed at the beginning of a telephone number in a geographic region. Sometimes, if a place has an exceptionally large number of phone numbers, a single region can have more than one area code. Area codes were introduced in 1951 to allow for direct long-distance dialing.
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You will need to dial area code + 7-digit local telephone number for all local calls.
Your current telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
To prepare for the area code overlay, residents and businesses in the 415 region should:
But a new area code is also needed to support the state's projected growth of residents, telecommunications service providers, products and additional lines, he said.
When the system is saturated and another area code is needed, two things can occur.
Customers will not be able to complete any calls unless they dial 1 + the area code + telephone number after October 24, 2009.
Dave Sloan, a senior analyst at the PUC, said the new area code will be assigned by telephone carriers starting around March 2010.
In fact, the new 570 area code will be carved out of the current 717 area to serve northeastern Pennsylvania, and the 724 code was created in western Pennsylvania by splitting the 412 area code into two parts earlier this year.
Residents and businesses with telephone numbers within the 760 area code will retain their current telephone number(s) and area code.
During this period, people calling any number in the 408 area code are encouraged to dial 1 plus the area code plus the seven-digit number when making all their calls.
But Jackie Bachrach of the South Bay Coalition of Cities said a technology overlay zone would not affect cell phones while keeping new numbers available to avoid the need to create a new area code.
Residents and Businesses in 714 Region Should Prepare for Area Code Overlay
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