AREA CODE NEWS - 2011
New Area Codes To Be
Placed in Service During 2011
03/19/2011 - Ontario - Area code 249 in Ontario is scheduled to be placed into service as overlay of area code 705. Effective January 15, 2011 callers dialing area code 249 or 705 will receive a message reminding them to first dial the three digit area code followed by the local seven digit number. After the message the call will be completed by the carrier.
Effective March 5, 2011 ten digit dialing will be mandatory. Ten digit dialing (area code + seven digit number) is necessary when two area codes cover the same geographic area.
Update: Area code 249 was implemented on 03/19/2011 and is now active. .
03/26/2011 - Nebraska - Area code 531 in Nebraska is scheduled to be placed into service as an overlay of area code 402. Permissive seven or ten digit dialing begins June 26, 2010. Mandatory ten-digit dialing begins February 26, 2011.
Update: Area code 531 was implemented on 03/26/2011 and is now active.
04/01/2011 - Oklahoma - Area code 539 in Oklahoma is scheduled to be placed into service as an overlay of area code 918. Permissive seven or ten digit dialing begins August 7, 2010. Mandatory ten-digit dialing begins March 5, 2011.
Update: Area code 539 was implemented on 04/04/2011 and is now active.
04/16/2011 - New York - Area code 929 in New York is scheduled to be placed into service as an overlay of area code 347, 718 and part of 917. Mandatory ten-digit dialing already existed in the area code overlay complex.
Update: Area code 929 was implemented on 04/16/2011 and is now active.
10/29/2011 - Kentucky - Area code 364 in Kentucky was scheduled to be placed into service as an overlay of area code 270. The previously scheduled implementation date has been postponed and a new implementation date has not been established.
Update: On December 13, 2010 the Kentucky Public Service Commission cancelled the plan to implement area code 364 as an overlay of area code 270.
9/31/2011 - Sint Maarten - In planning letter PL-423 the NANPA announced an updated schedule for implementing area code 721. The new schedule calls for an implementation date of 09/30/2011 at which time permissive dialing will be in effect, and the current country code of 599 or the new area code 721 can be dialed. On 09/30/2012 mandatory dialing of the new area code will be required. After mandatory dialing begins, if a caller uses the country code 599, they will receive a recorded message from the telephone carrier instructing that caller to use area code 721 instead. Such recorded messages are required until 09/30/2013.
Area code 721 was previoulsy scheduled for implementation on 05/31/2010 but delayed. In planning letter PL-396 the North American Number Plan (NANPA) announced that the Government of Sint Maarten had requested a delay and that a new implementation date would be announced in the future. Currently Sint Maarten uses country code 599 which covers all of the Netherlands Antilles. In planning letter PL-418 the NANPA announced that Sint Maarten will begin using area code 721 with an implementation date of 12/30/2011. Permissive dialing will begin 09/30/2011 at which time the current country code of 599 or the new area code 721 can be dialed. On 03/31/2012 mandatory dialing of the area code 721 followed by the local number will begin. Until at least 03/31/2013 callers not dialing correctly will receive a recorded message with instructions.
Update: Area code 721 was implemented on schedule and is now active.
Mandatory Ten Digit Dialing News
News 02/26/2011 - Nebraska - Mandatory ten-digit dialing begins February 26, 2011 for overlay area codes 531 and 402.
03/05/2011 - Ontario - Mandatory ten-digit dialing begins March 5, 2011 for overlay area ocdes 249 and 705.
03/05/2011 - Oklahoma - Mandatory ten-digit dialing begins March 5, 2011 for overlay area ocdes 539 and 918.
03/31/2012 - Sint Maarten- Mandatory ten-digit dialing using the new area code 721 begins.
More Area Code News
Area code 544 Assigned for Personal Communication Services- The NANPA announced December 17, 2010 that the non-geogrpahic area code 544 has been assigned for personal communication services as current area codes 500 and 533, which are also assigned for personal communication services, have been 100% assigned.
View area code requiring ten digit dialing.