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Ohio is getting a new area code. Here’s what it means

August 8, 2018

Ohio is getting a new area code. Here’s what it means

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved a plan Wednesday for a new 326 area code, which will take effect in March 2020.

Ohio has 12 area codes. The new one will make 13, said Matthew Schilling, of PUCO.

The 326 area code will be assigned to new numbers in the existing 937 area code, and the two area codes will exist together in Southwest Ohio – a region that includes Dayton, Middletown, Springfield, Marysville in Union County and  communities in Brown and Adams counties.

“Rather than splitting it, people in that area will have one of two area codes,” Schilling said, explaining that local calls in the 937 and 326 area will not be long distance, even though callers will be required to dial with area codes. 

The 937 area code is expected to run out of available numbers in about two years.

The North American Numbering Plan Administrator worked with PUCO on the area code plan.

The following are important facts about the new area code, according to PUCO:

Current telephone numbers, including area codes, will not change.On Feb. 11, 2019, telecommunications providers will begin customer education.Beginning Aug. 10, 2019, customers are encouraged to begin 10- or 11-digit dialing for all local calls so that it is second nature when it becomes necessary on Feb. 8, 2020 to dial all 10 -or 11-digits.Calls currently considered local calls will remain local calls. Calls between 937 and 326 will be local calls.Long distance calling will not change.911 and other three-digit numbers (211, 311, 411, 811, etc.), if available in the local community, will not change.Customers should begin or continue to identify their phone numbers with the area codes.Customers are encouraged to update any saved contacts, speed dials, business cards, personal checks or pre-programmed alarm devices to include the area code with the telephone number.On March 8, 2020, the new 326 area code officially takes effect.

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