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New Pennsylvania area code 272

Pennsylvania area code 570, covering towns and cities such as Carbondale, Mountain Top, Plymouth, Scranton or Wilkes-Barre will be overlaid by the new area code 272 starting October 21, 2013. The new area code will cover the same area currently served by area code 570.

The use of two area codes in this northern part of Pennsylvania will result in mandatory 10 digit dialing for all instate, including local calls. There is a permissive 10 digit dialing period currently in place for 570 local calls (March 21 to September 21), during which both 7 and 10 digit dialing are permitted. From September 21 to October 21, 10 digit dialing for all calls within the 570 area code becomes mandatory. Starting October 21, the new 272 NPA becomes active.

See official announcement (PDF document)

New British Columbia area code 236

Currently, the Canadian province of British Columbia uses 3 area codes: 604, 250 and 778. Area codes 604 and 250 serve the Vancouver area (including cities such as Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, etc) and the rest of the province respectively, while 778 overlays both area codes, therefore serving the whole province.

A new area code 236 is scheduled to become active on June 1, 2013. The new area code will also cover the whole BC territory, overlaying all 3 existing area codes (604, 250 and 778). Since 10 digit dialing is already mandatory in this area, no changes will take place in how people dial phone calls.

See official announcement (PDF document)

New Kentucky area code 364

A new area code was announced for the state of Kentucky in December 2012. The new 364 NPA will be introduced on March 3, 2014 and will overlay area code 270 covering KY cities such as Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Paducah. 10 digit dialing will be mandatory starting February 1, 2014 for calls within the newly created overlay area 270/364. A permissive 10 digit dialing period is scheduled to begin on August 3, 2013. During the permissive dialing period local calls within area code 270 may be dialed using both 7 and 10 digit dialing.

See official NANPA announcement (PDF document)

New Ontario area code 437

Area code 437 will be introduced on March 25, 2013 as relief for overlay complex 416/647 covering the city of Toronto, Ontario. The new area code will cover the same geographical area. Since 10 digit dialing is already mandatoty in existing overlay complex 416/647, no permissive period is required and no changes wil be made in the way residents of the city of Toronto dial telephone calls.

See official announcement and map (PDF document)

New Saskatchewan area code 639

On September 7, 2012 NANPA announced the introduction of a new area code for the Canadian province of Saskatchewan starting May 25, 2013. The new 639 area code will overlay existing area code 306 currently serving the aforementioned province (Saskatoon, Regina, Yorkton, …).

Starting February 25, 2013 carriers in the 306 area will be able to play a network announcement notifying callers dialing just the local 7 digit number that the call they have dialed must now be preceded by a 3 digit area code. However, these calls will still be completed without adding the area code until May 25 when 10 digit dialing becomes mandatory.

Starting May 25, 2013 all calls in the newly created 306/639 overlay complex dialed with just 7 digits will be preceded by a network announcement informing the caller that they must hang up and dial the call using 10 digit dialing.

See NANPA official announcement (PDF document):

New 566 PCS area code

On April 17, 2012 NANPA added the new 566 NPA to the North American Numbering Plan. The code is assigned for Personal Communications Services along with NPAs 500, 533 and 544.

PCS codes are non geographic Service Access Codes used for so called Personal Communications. Basically, when calling a phone number starting with area code 566 (or 500, 533 and 544) your call is redirected to a real geographic phone number. PCS numbers are generally used by people or businesses who need to highly customize how their telephone system works. Calls can be redirected to national or sometimes international locations, often a message is played for callers of a PCS number (such as Press 1 for English and 2 for Spanish). PCS numbers can also be programmed to ring to certain phone numbers depending on the time when the call is placed (for example they can ring to a business phone during regular business hours and forward to a voicemail afterwards).

More resources on PCS area codes:

New California area code 669

The California Public Utilities Commission approved on October 20, 2011 the introduction of an overlay area code as a relief plan for existing NPA 408 serving cities such as Santa Clara, Cupertino, San Jose, Sunnyvale. The new area code 669 will cover the exact same area currently covered by area code 408. As a result 1+10 digit dialing will be the dialing format for residents of this area. Permissive 1+10 digit dialing in area code 408 will commence on April 21, 2012 and end on October 20, 2012 when 1+10 digit dialing becomes mandatory. The new area code 669 will officially be activated on November 20, 2012.

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

New Manitoba area code 431

The Canadian province of Manitoba will have a new area code starting November 3, 2012. The new area code 431 will overlay NPA 204 currently covering the whole province of Manitoba with cities such as Winnipeg, Steinbach, Thompson, Winkler. Starting July 29, 2012 carriers operating in this area can choose to precede all calls with an announcement notifying callers that local calls should be dialed using the 10 digit format. 10 digit dialing will become mandatory on November 3.

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

New Quebec area code 873

A new area code was recently announced for the Western Quebec communities of Drummondville, Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivieres and more. The new area code 873 will become active on September 15, 2012 and will cover the same geographic area currently served by area code 819. With the introduction of the new 873/819 overlay complex this area will use 10 digit dialing for local calls. I couldn’t find any details in the official announcement regarding a permissive 7/10 digit dialing period (a 3 month or more permissive period is generally used before an overlay area code is introduced; this way people can get used to dialing 10 digits instead of 7).

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