At the time, rotary phones made it so that dialing lower numbers like 1 or 2 took less time to dial and dialing higher numbers took longer to dial. Each area code has its own search page. Likewise, until shortly before the turn of the century, the Caribbean islands using the American country code 1 all used the same area code, 809; scams were perpetrated, but, after a while, people learned to avoid calling that single area code. A scam that repeats itself in modified forms every few years is once again spreading throughout the United States. Area codes 600 and 700 are reserved for special telecommunications services and receive little usage. When the original phone systems were put in place, 7-digit dialing without the area code could be used to make local calls, and 10-digit dialing with the area code only needed to be used for long distance calls.
Instead of a single primary phone carrier, cities had two or more carriers - each needing their own prefix. This prefix list is updated on a regular basis. Cell phones also reduced the monopoly of local phone providers which reduced utilization of allocated prefixes. The 900 area code is also currently used for premium services that are billed to the caller at higher than normal long distance rates. Further, local phone carriers frequently had a monopoly on local phone service which prevented large portions of an allocated block from being unutilized.
Today, 7-digit dialing is broken in most major cities. This process forced many into a new phone number which would require updates to letterhead, business cards, phone directories, personal contact lists, etc. The rate of issuing new area codes dropped to nearly half that of the 1990s. Eventually, people learned not to call back anyone with a 900 number. Like area codes, not all prefixes are currently in use. This resulted in an area code overlay complex of 404, 470, 678 and 770. Numbers in area code 678 were first assigned to customers signing up for new telephone service on January 15, 1998; 470 was activated on February 26, 2010.
Caveat: Although we have done our best to provide accurate information, errors can and will creep in. Area codes with lower numbers that were easier to dial were given to high population and high call volume areas. While the system was developed in the 40s, direct dialing of long distance did not begin until the early 50s. Frequently, the 10,000 numbers would be enough for a small town with larger towns being allocated multiple prefixes. This list is updated only when an Internet user informs me of a pending change. We will correct any and all errors that we find or are brought to our attention at the next update. That number has been dropping by about 3.
They were created to prepare for a nationwide unified long-distance direct dialing system - the ability to make a call to any other calling area without the need for an operator. Portions of , which serve most of north Georgia outside the Atlanta metro, are local calls to and from the Atlanta area as well. Normally, the more populated region would continue to use the existing area code. Remember though that phone numbers are no longer just used for standard home phones. Area codes 678 and 470 are assigned to ,. In the 1990s, cell phones became much more popular which created an explosion of demand for new phone numbers.
The less populated areas would have all existing phone numbers reassigned to use a new area code to free up more numbers in the original area code. Many of these prefixes included few, if any, subscribers. We do the best we can. . In 1997, was introduced as the first overlay with forced 10 digit dialing for local calls.
Major cities or places in Georgia within area code 678 include: Area codes 470, 678 and 404 serve the city of Atlanta and the portion of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area that is inside the I-285 perimeter highway which encircles Atlanta, including the larger cities and communities of Candler-Mcafee, College Park, East Point, Forest Park, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and Tucker in addition to many smaller communities. Initially, there was substantial public resistance to overlays because of the 10-digit dialing requirement for local calls. Also, not all area codes are currently in use. The includes a printable copy that you can print and use for reference. For instance, area code 800 commonly referred to as 800-numbers is reserved for toll free calls where the called party is charged instead of the calling party. While area code 473 may appear to be domestic, it is not. Minnesota: Minneapolis split from St.
If you know of a prefix we do not have or you spot an error, let us know but don't get upset about it. The first digit did not allow a zero could be confused with the operator or a 1 techical reasons. Beware calls coming in from area codes 809, 284, 649 and 876, which like 473 are international, and are known to have been used for similar scams. If a caller has something important to say, he or she can leave a message identifying himself or herself or send you a text message. However, some are located in the Pacific including American Samoa , Guam , and Northern Mariana Islands.
Area Code Listing, by Number The cities listed with each area code are the major cities for that area code; this originated as the city in which the switch computer for that area code is located, but is no longer the case. No charges are applied for calls from one portion of the area to another, regardless of the area codes; calls can complete with just ten digits. No area code splits are currently proposed and both countries have agreed: without exceptional circumstances, all new area codes will be overlays. Areas outside the I-285 perimeter highway which encircles Atlanta are assigned area codes 470, 678 and 770. Louis metro area of St.
Non-Geographic Area Codes Not all area codes are assigned to a specific geographic area. Although had been used in the Atlanta area since area code 770 was introduced in 1995, it was not until January 1, 1998, when 678 was implemented, that ten-digit dialing finally became required across the entire metro area. The cities listed are not intended to be exhaustive. There are no special data sources from which this is generated -- just the cooperation of the Net. This area code was created in the late 1990s for the islands of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique, which, like the United States, use country code 1. Ten digit dialing is mandatory in area code 678.