New Alabama area code 659

The western portion of Alabama with cities and towns such as Alabaster, Birmingham, Hoover or Tuscaloosa and currently using NPA (Numbering Plan Area) 205 will have to use a second area code starting next year. The new 659 area code will overlay NPA 205 therefore covering the exact same geographic area. NPA 659 was approved all the way back in 2001, but its implementation was later postponed due to a reassessment of the actual need for a new code in the area.

Key dates

  • April 13, 2019 – beginning of permissive 7/10 digit dialing period: local calls in the area may be dialed using either 7 or 10 digits (205 xxx xxxx), the latter being encouraged
  • October 12, 2019 – mandatory 10 digit dialing period begins
  • November 12, 2019 – area code 659 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and Alabama area code map (PDF document)

New area code 428 for New Brunswick, Canada

The Canadian province of New Brunswick will use two area codes starting from November, 2020. Currently the province is served by NPA 506. The new area code 428 will also cover the entire province (the two area codes will overlay). As a result, 10 digit dialing will be used for all local calls within the area.

Key dates

  • August 13 to August 20, 2020 – permissive 7/10 digit dialing is introduced for local calls within NPA 506
  • November 7 to November 14, 2020 – mandatory 10 digit dialing for local calls within NPA 506
  • November 21, 2020 – the new area code 428 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and more information (PDF document)

New South Carolina area code 839

Area code 803 in central South Carolina, serving cities such as Camden, Columbia, Orangeburg, will be overlaid by the new area code 839 from May 2020. The new code was approved on July 26, 2018 as the relief method for NPA 803 and will cover the same geographic area. All local calls will be dialed using 10 digits.

Key dates

  • October 26, 2019 – permissive 10 digit dialing begins (local calls between phone numbers in NPA 803 may be dialed using both 7 and 10 digits)
  • April 25, 2020 – mandatory 10 digit dialing begins for local calls between area code 803 telephone numbers
  • May 26, 2020 – new area code 839 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and area code map (PDF document)

New Florida area code 689

A new area code will be activated next year in central Florida counties Orange, Osceola, Seminole and parts of Lake and Volusia, all currently using area codes 407 and 321. The soon to enter service area code 689 was initially planned for activation in 2002, but its implementation was then postponed. 10 digit dialing has been mandatory in the area since the introduction of area code 321 back in 1999, so there will be no change in the way calls are being dialed.

The new NPA 689 will enter service on June 4, 2019.

See official Nanpa announcement and NPA maps (PDF document)

New California area code 341

Towns and cities in the San Francisco Bay Area currently using area code 510 will be served by a new code: 341 is the new NPA announced by the California Public Utilities Commission in June. The two area codes will overlay or cover the same area. Some of the cities served by the new overlay complex: Alameda, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Oakland… 1+10 digit dialing becomes the new calling method starting June 22, 2019.

Key dates

  • December 15, 2018 – permissive 7/1+10 digit dialing begins (local calls within Numbering Plan Area 510 may be dialed using either 7 or 1+10 digits)
  • June 22, 2019 – mandatory 1+10 digit dialing begins – all calls within NPA 510 must be dialed using 1+10 digits
  • July 22, 2019 – area code 341 enters service

See official announcement and map of the new overlay complex 510/341 (PDF document)

New Ohio area code 326

A new area code will be activated in Ohio as the relief method for existing 937 NPA which serves the south western part of the state, the following towns and cities included: Dayton, Hillsboro, Marysville or Springfield. The new 326 area code was approved on May 23, 2018 by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and will serve the exact same geographic area covered today by area code 937. Local calls will be dialed using 10 or 11 digits when NPA 326 becomes active in 2020.

Key dates

  • August 10, 2019 – start of permissive 7/10/11 digit dialing (local calls between telephone numbers in NPA 937 may be dialed using 7, 10 or 1+10 digits, 10 digit dialing being encouraged)
  • February 8, 2020 – start of mandatory 10 or 1+10 digit dialing
  • March 8, 2020 – area code 326 enters service

See official NANPA planning letter and map of the new overlay complex 937/326 (PDF document)

New Jamaica area code 658

The Caribbean island country of Jamaica uses the North American Numbering Plan and its area code within the NANP is 876. On September 15, 2016 a new area code was announced by Jamaica’s telecom regulator as a relief method for existing 876 area code. Starting next year in November the new 658 area code will also cover the entire island and, as a result 10 digit dialing will be used for all local calls.

Key dates

  • May 31, 2018 – start of permissive 7/10 digit dialing period (all telephone calls on the island may be dialed using either 7 or 10 digits)
  • October 30, 2018 – 10 digit dialing becomes mandatory for all calls within Jamaica
  • November 30, 2018 – new area code 658 enters service

See official NANPA planning letter (PDF document)

New California area code 820

Approved by the California Public Utilities Commission on May 25, 2017 the 820 Numbering Plan Area Overlay will serve the same geographic area currently served by area code 805. Some of the cities covered by NPA 805: Camarillo, El Paso de Robles, Lompoc, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara etc. The new 820 area code will be activated on June 30, 2018, and consequently 1+10 digit dialing will become mandatory for all local and toll calls within the new 805/820 overlay area.

Key dates

  • December 1, 2017 – 1+10 digit dialing is encouraged for calls within the 805 NPA borders
  • June 2, 2018 – 1+10 digit dialing becomes mandatory
  • June 30, 2018 – new area code 820 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and map of the new overlay complex 805/820 (PDF document)

New State of New Jersey area code 640

From 1958 to 1999 the southern part of New Jersey was served by area code 609. In 1999 the Numbering Plan Area 609 was split into two with the new area code 856 covering the south-western portion of NJ. Today, once again, a relief plan is needed for area code 609. The approved relief method is an overlay code which will serve the same south eastern NJ area currently covered by NPA 609. The new area code 640 will enter service next year in September. As a result of the newly created overlay complex 609/640, 10 digit dialing will be mandatory for all calls within its borders.

Key dates

  • January 20, 2018 – permissive 10 digit dialing begins (10 digit dialing is encouraged)
  • August 18, 2018 – mandatory 10 digit dialing begins
  • September 17, 2018 – area code 640 enters service

7 digit calls between 609 and 856 to be eliminated

Since the 1999 split of NPA 609 some calls between area codes 609 and 856 could be dialed using 7 digits. With the above changes these protected NXX codes will also be eliminated and regular 1+10 digit dialing will be required for all calls between the two NPAs.

See official NANPA announcement and map of the new overlay complex (PDF document)

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