New Texas area code 945

A new area code was approved by the Texas Public Utility Commission on February 20, 2020 to be added to the existing 214/469/972 overlay complex, used by residents of Dallas and its Greater Metropolitan Area, and also other surrounding towns like Mesquite, Plano or Richardson.

Since more than one area code and therefore 10 digit dialing are already in use within this Numbering Plan Area there will be no changes in the way telephone calls are dialed when the new 945 area code enters service.

Key dates

  • April 15, 2020 – network preparation and customer education period begins
  • January 15, 2021 – new area code 945 enters service

See official NANPA announcement (PDF document)

New Oklahoma area code 572

A new area code was approved this year on January 8 by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to serve the central portion of the state currently using area code 405. Some of the towns and cities in the 405 Numbering Plan Area include: Arcadia, Blanchard, Carney, Dover, Oklahoma City, Tecumseh or Yukon. The new code will enter service next year in the month of May. As a result, 10 digit dialing will be introduced for all local calls in the area and 11 digit dialing for toll calls.

Key dates

  • October 24, 2020 – permissive 7/10 digit dialing begins (local calls between telephone numbers in NPA 405 can be dialed using either 7 or 10 digits, the latter being encouraged
  • April 24, 2021 – mandatory 10 digit dialing begins for all local calls in NPA 405
  • May 24, 2021 – new area code 572 enters service

See official NANPA announcement for more information (PDF document)

New Florida area code 448

The North-Western part of Florida, also known as the Florida Panhandle, with cities like Pensacola or the state capital Tallahassee, is currently served by area code 850. Starting next year, residents of the 18 counties covered by NPA 850 will start using a second area code 448 announced at the end of 2019. Local calls will be dialed using 10 digits.

Key dates

  • August 22, 2020 – 7/10 digit permissive dialing period begins (850 area code local calls may be dialed using both 7 and 10 digits)
  • May 22, 2021 – mandatory 10 digit dialing begins
  • June 22, 2021 – new area code 448 enters service

See official announcement/map of the new overlay complex 850/448 (PDF document)

New Illinois area code 447

Central Illinois’ counties and cities currently using area code 217 will soon be served by a second area code. The new 447 area code, scheduled to enter service in 2021, will overlay NPA 217, covering the same geographic area. Some larger cities affected are: Champaign, Decatur or the state’s capital Springfield.

As a result, 10 digit dialing will be mandatory for all local calls within the newly created overlay complex 217/447, while toll calls will require 1+10 digit dialing.

Key dates

  • August 29, 2020 – permissive 7/10 digit dialing period begins (during this time local calls within Numbering Plan Area 217 may be dialed using both 7 and 10 digits)
  • February 27, 2021 – mandatory 10 digit dialing begins (all calls within NPA 217 must be dialed using 10 digits: 217 xxx xxxx)
  • March 27, 2021 – new area code 447 enters service

More info in the official announcement from NANPA (North American Numbering Plan Administrator) (PDF document)

New Alberta area code 368

Announced earlier this year and scheduled for activation on May 15, 2021, a new area code 368 will be added to an already crowded overlay complex currently serving the province of Alberta, Canada. There are 4 active area codes today in Alberta: 403, 780, 587 and 825, the latter 2 covering the entire province. Area codes 403 and 780 serve different parts (south/north) of the province’s territory, with Calgary using 403 and Edmonton 780.

The new code is also to cover the entire Albertan territory. No changes will be required in the way calls are made with the introduction of this new area code.

See official announcement (PDF document)

Update

In planning letter 560 dated May 25, 2021 the Canadian Numbering Administrator announces the revised date for the introduction of area code 368. The new date is April 23, 2022.

See planning letter 560 (PDF document)

New Saskatchewan area code 474

The central Canadian province of Saskatchewan will receive a new area code in 2021. The province currently uses area codes 306 and 639, both covering its entire territory. With more and more wireless devices activated each year, the need for a new code is once again being acknowledged by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and, if everything goes as planned the new area code 474 will enter service on October 2, 2021.

There will be no change in how calls are dialed since the province already uses an overlay complex and 10 digit dialing for local calls has been mandatory since 2013.

See official announcement (PDF document)

New California area code 840

Southern California Numbering Plan Area 909 will get an overlay code starting in February 2021. Area code 909 currently serves parts of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. The new area code 840 was approved on June 13, 2019 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

There will be a transition period during which local and toll calls within existing NPA 909 will be dialed using both 7 or 1+10 digits, the latter dialing method being recommended. The purpose of this transition AKA permissive dialing period is to get residents of this area accustomed with 1+10 digits dialing which will become mandatory with the introduction of the new overlay area code.

Key dates

  • July 25, 2020 – permissive 1+10 digit dialing begins for telephone calls between numbers in area code 909
  • January 23, 2021 – mandatory 1+10 digit dialing begins
  • February 23, 2021 – new area code 840 enters service

See official NANPA announcement (PDF document)

New Quebec area code 354

From October 24, 2020 the province of Quebec will have a new area code serving the area around the city of Montreal currently covered by area codes 450 and 579. Some of the locations where the new 354 area code will be implemented are: Granby, Joliette, Laval-Est, Laval-Ouest, Longueuil, Pont-Viau, Sorel, Ste-Therese, St-Hyacinthe, St-Jean, St-Jerome, St-Lambert, Valleyfield.

The new 354 area code will overlay the existing 450/579 complex, covering the same geographic area. Already using 2 area codes, nothing changes in the way residents of these areas will dial calls with the implementation of the new NPA

Official NANPA planning letter

Update

Implementation of area code 354 has been postponed indefinitely as of October 8, 2019. See official announcement.

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)

Update

A new implementation date for area code 428 was recently announced by the Canadian Numbering Administrator. The new postponed date is April 23, 2022.

See the updated planning letter for full details (PDF document)

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