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Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Suburbs Getting New Area Code

The 215/267 pool is set to run out of available number combinations by the spring of 2019

Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Suburbs Getting New Area Code
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2-1-5 and 2-6-7 are so yesterday.

Philadelphia and the surrounding counties will soon be adding a third area code to the mix.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Wednesday approved the new three-number prefix addition, paving the way for the consortium overseeing phone numbering to move ahead with the plan.

The 215/267 pool is set to run out of available number combinations by the spring of 2019, officials said.

The 215 area code was first put into service in 1947 and was one of four original state codes. It was the only area code serving southeastern Pennsylvania until the 1994 addition of 610 in the suburban counties.

In 1999, 267 and 484 were added to the mix.

So what will the new area code combination be?

Well, we'll have to wait to find out.

The new area code still needs to be chosen. The North American Numbering Plan Administrator or NANPA will make the decision.

The new number will be added as an overlay, meaning it will not be assigned until all of the 215 and 267 combinations are used up.

State regulators said there will be plenty of notice before the new number is put into service.

The Philadelphia area isn't the only place in the state getting a new area code. Sixteen counties in central Pennsylvania currently under the 717 area code will soon have 223 added to the mix. Cities like Harrisburg and Lancaster fall under the new addition.

The 223 number will most likely get doled out by the end of next year.

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