Approved in June, 2020 by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, this new area code will serve the western portion of the state of Virginia currently covered by Numbering Plan Area 540. Some of the largest cities and towns using area code 540: Blacksburg, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Winchester.
The new area code 826 will be activated in 2022, on June 14. Residents in the area will have to start dialing 10 digits for local calls.
- November 13, 2021 – permissive 7/10 digit dialing period begins for residents served by NPA 540 (local calls may be dialed using both 7 and 10 digits)
- May 14, 2022 – mandatory 10 digit dialing begins – all local calls between 540 area code phone numbers must be dialed using 10 digits
- June 14, 2022 – area code 826 enters service
See official announcement (PDF document)