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New Ontario area code 548

The Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved a new area code in June, 2014 as the relief method for overlay complex 519/226 – the two area codes which currently serve the southwestern part of Ontario, Canada. Some example cities using these codes: Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo region, Guelph, London, Windsor, etc. The new area code 548 will also cover this same area starting June 4, 2016.

Communities in this part of Ontario have been using 2 area codes since 2006, when area code 226 was overlaid on 519, which means that 10 digit dialing is already required when calling locally. The addition of a third area code will therefore have no effect on how calls should be dialed when NPA 548 enters service next year.

See official NANPA announcement and area code map of 519/226/548 (PDF document)

New South Carolina area code 854

Approved on December 13, 2013 by the South Carolina Public Service Commission as the relief method for area code 843 serving coastal SC towns and cities such as Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Summerville, the new area code 854 will cover the same region of South Carolina and will be activated on October 19, 2015. From March 14, 2015 residents in area code 843 will be able and encouraged to dial full 10 digit phone numbers when placing local calls.

Key dates

  • March 14, 2015 – start of permissive dialing period (area code 843 local calls may be dialed using both 7 and 10 digits)
  • September 19, 2015 – end of permissive dialing period (10 digit only dialing may be used for local calls)
  • October 19, 2015 – area code 854 enters service

See official NANPA announcement and area code map of the new overlay complex 843/854 (PDF document)

New Tennessee area code 629

A new area code was approved by the Tennessee Regulatory Authority on October 23, 2013 as the relief method for existing NPA 615 serving a portion of nothern Tennessee with cities such as Gallatin, Murfreesboro or Nashville. The new 629 NPA will cover the same towns and cities of TN and will enter service on March 28, 2015.

Residents of these areas will soon be able to dial local calls only by using 10 digit dialing. Currently both 7 and 10 digit dialing may be used until February 28, 2015.

Key dates

  • July 26, 2014 – start of permissive dialing (7 and 10 digit dialing are permitted for local calls between area code 615 phone numbers)
  • February 28, 2015 – end of permissive dialing period (10 digit dialing becomes mandatory)
  • March 28, 2015 – area code 629 enters service

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

New Ohio area code 220

In December 2013 the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved a new area code (220) as the relief method for the existing 740 area code, serving the southeastern part of Ohio with towns such as Cambridge, Jackson, Lancaster, Portsmouth and so on. The new NPA will cover the exact same area and will become active on April 22, 2015.

The introduction of the new area code will trigger a new requirement for calls within this area: 10 digit dialing for all local calls. A permissive dialing period, during which both 7 and 10 digits may be used, started on September 20, 2014 and will end on March 21, 2015 when 10 digit dialing becomes mandatory.

Key dates

  • September 20, 2014 – start of permissive dialing (7/10 digits)
  • March 21, 2015 – end of permissive dialing, 10 digits must be used to place local calls
  • April 22, 2015 – area code 220 enters service

See official NANPA planning letter (PDF document)

New California area code 628

The new area code was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission back in December 2013 as the relief method for the existing NPA 415. Area code 415 covers the County of San Francisco and parts of San Mateo and Marin counties, with cities such as Inverness, Mill Valley, San Francisco or San Rafael. The new area code will serve the same communities.

A permissive 1+10 digit dialing period, during which calls in the area may be dialed using both 7 and 1+10 digits, began on August 16, 2014 and will end on February 21, 2015 when 1+10 digit dialing becomes mandatory. The new area code 628 will be active on March 21, 2015.

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

New Nova Scotia/PEI area code 782

Canadian provinces Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are currently served by area code 902. As a relief method for this NPA the new area code 782 will be introduced on November 30, 2014 to cover the exact same region. As a result 10 digit dialing will become mandatory for all national calls originating within any of the two provinces (local calls included) starting November 30, 2014. There will also be a permissive 10 digit dialing period starting August 23, 2014. During the permissive period local calls will work either by dialing 7 or 10 digits.

See Official announcement and map of the new overlay complex 902/782 (PDF document).

New Indiana area code 930

A new area code will be activated in 2014 as a relief plan for NPA 812 serving the southern part of Indiana (Bloomington, Evansville, Terre Haute..). The new area code 930 will be activated on October 6, 2014. A permissive 10 digit dialing period will be introduced on March 1, 2014. During this permissive period local calls in the area covered by existing area code 812 will be dialed by using either 7 or 10 digit dialing (the latter is encouraged). The end of the permissive period is September 6 – this is the date when 10 digit dialing becomes mandatory for all local calls in this area.

See Official announcement and map of the new overlay complex 812/930 (PDF document)

Update

Area code 930’s activation has been postponed for March 7, 2015. Read the Official announcement by NANPA (PDF doc)