Raleigh area getting new area code
RALEIGH – North Carolina’s phone numbers are growing and growing. The Raleigh area, with the area code 919, is getting a second area code, 984, effective in spring 2012.
The 984 area code will cover the same geographical area as the 919 area code. Customers seeking new telephone numbers in the affected region may be assigned the new 984 area code as early as April 30, 2012. Existing telephone numbers in the 919 area code will remain the same.
Beginning Oct. 1, customers in the 919/984 area may place a local call by dialing the customary seven-digit telephone number or by dialing 10 digits that include the area code plus the seven-digit telephone number.
The option to place local calls using only seven digits will end March 30, 2012. Beginning March 31, 2012, all local calls in the 919/984 area must be placed using the 10-digit telephone number that includes the 919 or 984 plus seven-digit local telephone number.
Dialing three digit numbers such as 211, 511, 711, 811 and 911 will remain the same and will not be impacted by the new 10-digit dialing requirement. Long distance calls will continue to be dialed with 1+10 digits.
The North Carolina Utilities Commission, in conjunction with the North Carolina Telecommunications Industry Association, has been taking steps to ensure the smooth implementation of the new 984 area code.
Customers will receive notices from their local telecommunications provider in October or November with further details.
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