1337Delta764 wrote:I wonder if there will be a boundary elimination overlay similar to the ones in Los Angeles and San Diego, where the geographic boundaries between the area codes are eliminated
afcjets wrote:1337Delta764 wrote:I wonder if there will be a boundary elimination overlay similar to the ones in Los Angeles and San Diego, where the geographic boundaries between the area codes are eliminated
I have never heard the term area code overlay before but ironically my friend who lives in the 909 (San Bernardino County) just sent me this today. They are getting a new area code next year...
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casinterest wrote:I know people that move now and just keep their cell numbers from previous cities. So people in North Carolina still have Florida or New Jersey phone numbers
1337Delta764 wrote:An overlay is where a new area code is assigned to an existing geographic area that already has an area code assigned. This is to provide relief to areas where existing area codes are running out of numbers.
1337Delta764 wrote:Area Code 480 was originally supposed to be an overlay code for the entire Phoenix area, but residents preferred the three-way geographic split instead. .
skywaymanaz wrote:1337Delta764 wrote:Area Code 480 was originally supposed to be an overlay code for the entire Phoenix area, but residents preferred the three-way geographic split instead. .
It was because people were in shock they'd have to dial 10 digits, even to call next door! It was short sighted and now doesn't matter since we dial by name from our smart phone. I figured the 3 way split would at best last 5 years then Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa would fight over who keeps 480. Fortunately number conservation by handing out blocks of 1000 instead of 10,000 numbers helped reduce demand. Huge blocks of numbers were probably recovered from pager operations that fell out of favor not long after the 3 way split. At any rate now that we are going to exhaust around the end of the decade what I think will happen is they'll just have a new code overlayed over all 3 area codes. Kind of like how 917 overlays both 212 and 718. I don't think the new generation coming up now cares what code the number is but us older types have some attachment to them. It makes sense in LA to expand 213 back over 323 because that never should have been split to begin with and 323/213 is a very small area to begin with. I've always thought 623 should never be (re: 480 overlay onto old 602) but us old fogey types for better or worse think west valley when we see that number. At any rate hopefully we'll never see another area code split in the US but I expect things to get messy converting up from 10 to 12 digits in 20-40 years when we run out of overlay numbers. I think the proposal was to add 0 or 1 after the area code and the same number again before the prefix. So 602-555-1212 becomes 6021-1555-1212. Hopefully when the time comes there will be an app for that
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