November 28, 2022
Pennsylvania's 717 area code becomes 223

Pennsylvania’s 717 Area Code Becomes 223

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717 area code

The 717 area code was almost exhausted in the mid-1990s due to the proliferation of cell phones, pagers, and fax machines. On 5 December 1998, the new area code 570 was assigned to the northern part of the old 717 territory, centered around Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. In May 2005, 52% of the subscriber number pool was allocated to the new area code. As a result, the area code now has 10 digits instead of 7.

223 area code will replace 717 area code

The 223 area code will be assigned to all new numbers in the 717 area code region, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. This change will be implemented over a nine-month period. During that time, customers with existing phone numbers in the 717 area code will continue to receive their number with the old area code. In addition, new numbers will have an area code and a seven-digit number, making them 10-digits total.

It will cover same geographic area

By late 2017, the South Central Pennsylvania area code will have a new area code, affecting 7.9 million phone numbers. Currently, there are about 450,000 phone numbers remaining in the 717 area code. That means that it is about two years away from exhaustion. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will decide whether to overlay the new code or split the 717 geographic area into two distinct areas. It will be important to understand which option will benefit your customers most.

It will have 10 digits instead of 7 digits

On Aug. 26 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, callers will have to start dialing numbers with 10 digits instead of seven. In order to make the switch, callers will have to reprogram their devices for 10-digit dialing. This includes medical alert systems and alarm systems, fax machine calling lists, auto dialers, and speed dialers. Also, telephone directories will be updated to reflect the new area code. Customers will be responsible for making changes to their telephone number in directories and display advertising.

It will be implemented in summer or early fall of 2017

The 717 area code will be merged with its neighbors, the 610 and 567, in early 2017. This change will affect more than seven million telephone numbers and could take effect by late 2017. There are currently only four50,000 phone numbers left in the 717 area code, and this number is expected to be depleted by the end of 2017. Ultimately, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission must decide whether to overlay the new area code or split the geographic area to accommodate the new one.

It will be in South Central Pennsylvania

The 717 area code covers parts of Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York in Pennsylvania. It has a single overlay (223) and is in the Eastern time zone, or America/New_York. The current time is 6:48 a.m., which means that you’ll find people in this part of Pennsylvania. You’ll also find people in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The 717 area code was introduced in 1947.

It has 484 overlays

The 717 area code has four overlays, which are part of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). The 610/484 region is in Pennsylvania and covers the Lehigh Valley. The 717 overlays require customers to dial 10 digits instead of five. In June 1999, the 717 area code was split into two regions. The northern region was given the 570 area code while the southern portion received the 223 overlay.

It has 215 overlays

Pennsylvania currently has three area-code overlays, with the 717-area-code being the only one with two. The 717 area code is centered around the city of Philadelphia. The 215/267 overlay is scheduled to be exhausted in the second quarter of 2018. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has authorized the addition of a fourth overlay to the 717 area code. In the meantime, residents of Pennsylvania can still use the 717 area code to make local calls.

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