New Ontario area code 249

A new area code will be introduced on March 19, 2011 as a relief plan for existing area code 705 of Ontario, Canada. The new area code 249 will overlay 705 covering the same area. Larger cities that will be served by the new overlay complex: Barrie, North Bay, Peterborough, Sudbury.

Mandatory 10 digit dialing will be introduced on March 19, 2011 for all telephone numbers in both area codes 705 and 249. Starting January 15, 2011 an announcement will be heard by those dialing 7 digit local numbers within area code 705, informing them of the soon to be introduced 10 digit mandatory dialing.

See NANPA announcement and map of new overlay complex 705/249 (in PDF format)

New Georgia area code 470

A new overlay area code was introduced by the NANPA on February 26, 2010 to cover overlay complexes 678/404 and 678/770. The new code will therefore be active for the city of Atlanta and a number of other cities such as Marietta or Sandy Springs. 10 digit dialing has been mandatory since the introduction of area code 678, so there are no changes in the way the residents of these areas will dial out.

Read NANPA announcement (in PDF format)

855 toll free area code to be added this fall

Assigned in 1999 for future toll free services use, the 855 area code will finally become active starting October 2, 2010 at 12PM. On June 25, 2010 the FCC Federal Communications Commission authorized the introduction of the 855 area code as a result of an extensive analysis indicating the exhaustion of current toll free numbers by November 21, 2010. As a reminder, toll free area codes currently in use are: 800, 866, 877 and 888.

Read the NANPA announcement (PDF format).

New Ontario area code 343

Starting May 17, 2010 NANPA introduces a new area code for the province of Ontario, Canada as a relief plan for area code 613. The new area code is 343 and it will cover th exact same region currently covered by area code 613, including these following cities: Ottawa, Kingston, Cornwall. The solution of adding an overlay code is generally preferred to the splitting of a geographic area between the old and new area code due to lower implementation costs. 10 digit dialing will be a requirement within the new overlay complex 343/613.

NANPA announcement and map of area codes 343/613 (in PDF format)

New Oregon area code 458

The state of Oregon has a new area code effective February 10, 2010. The new code is 458 and it will cover the same area served by area code 541 (larger cities served: Bend, Eugene, Medford, Springfield). As a result, all Oregon phone numbers will be dialed using 10 digits now, even for local calls.

See NANPA announcement.

We apologize for only announcing this new area code addition today.

New Alabama area code 938

Starting June 10, 2010 the North American Numbering Plan Administration will introduce a new area code covering the same Alabama area currently served by area code 256 (Athens, Decatur, Florence, Huntsville, etc). The new area code is 938.

Starting November 7, 2009 a permissive dialing period began during which calls within area code 256 may be dialed using both the 7 digit and 10 digit dialing formats. The permissive dialing period will end on June 5, 2010. After June 5 all calls within the area covered by area codes 256 and 938 must be dialed using the 10 digit format.

NANPA announcement and map of the new overlay complex (in PDF format)

New Connecticut area code 475

Starting December 12, 2009, Connecticut area code 203 covering cities such as Bridgeport, New Haven or Stamford wil be overlayed by the new area code 475. The new code will cover the exact same area currently covered by area code 203.

As a result of the introduction of this new area code, CT residents of these areas will be required to dial 10 digit numbers for local calls. There is a permissive dialing period allowing both 7 and 10 digit dialing starting on May 16, 2009 and ending on November 14, 2009. Starting Nov. 14 all calls within the 203/475 overlay complex should be dialed using 10 digit dialing.

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

New California area code 442

California area code 760 covering cities such as Calipatria, Escondido, Carlsbad, Encinitas and more (all cities here) will have an overlay code starting November 21, 2009. The new area code 442 will cover the same area currently served by 760. The permissive dialing period started on May 2, 2009 and will end on October 24, 2009. During the permissive period local numbers in area code 760 can be dialed using both dialing formats (xxx xxxx and 1 760 xxx xxxx). Starting October 24, 2009 all calls within 760 and 442 area codes should be dialed using the latter. The new area code will become active on Nov. 21, 2009.

See NANPA announcement and map of the new overlay complex 706/442 (PDF).