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 continue to dial 1+ area code + telephone number for all calls to other area codes.
More information on the 619 area code is available at www.
Begin dialing 1 + area code + telephone number for all calls.
If a second area code does arrive, it will almost certainly be in the form of an overlay, since that's recommended by NANPA, the state and all interested parties.
Many cities are already dealing with more than one area code in a single jurisdiction.
First, the new area code is always going to be seen as not as good as 303 - it's not historically Denver.
Washington's 206 area code is also scheduled to split into 360 on Jan.
Customers will not be able to complete any calls unless they dial 1 + the area code + telephone number after October 24, 2009.
From your mobile phone, you will continue to dial either the area code + telephone number or 1+ area code + telephone number for all calls.
July 12 is when "permissive dialing" begins for the 541 area code.
Certainly an overlay would be the fairest way to implement a new area code.
The number 856 has been assigned as the new southern New Jersey area code, created by a split of the current region served by the 609 area code.
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