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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.
The area served by the 858 area code comprises the northern portion of the City of San Diego along with the adjacent cities of Del Mar, Poway, Solana Beach, and a small portion of the City of Encinitas as well as an unincorporated area of San Diego County.
Neustar forecasts that numbering resources in the 609 area code will be exhausted by the third quarter of 2018.
The CPUC has started the process to add the 858 area code to the areas now served by the 619 area code, as the 619 area code is expected to use up its available prefixes by March 2019.
Residents and businesses with telephone numbers within the 415 area code will retain their current telephone number(s) and area code.
July 12 is when "permissive dialing" begins for the 541 area code.
Overlay area codes is the placement of another area code on top of an existing one in the same location.
I call a lot of public relations people, and they can often take their sweet time getting back to a journalist But in the case of the new area code they were right back at me with a quizzical - and perhaps hopeful - "Where did you go?
For call accounting systems, area codes and central office codes will appear identical.
The 657 area code is being added to the 714 region to ensure businesses and consumers have access to numbers from their carrier of choice.
Calls between the 332, 212, 646, and 917 area codes are local calls.
The Oregon Public Utility Commission on Tuesday approved what will be Oregon's fourth area code.
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