RALEIGH, NC (WNCT) – A new area code is being added to areas that use the 910 area code as a way to respond to inquiries from those in need of phone numbers.
The North Carolina Utilities Commission announced the decision Monday and said it will go into effect in June. In a press release, it said, “By order dated June 25, 2021, approved the implementation of a new area code overlay to relieve the 910 numbering plan area (NPA or area code) which serves the southeastern region of North Carolina, including the cities of Fayetteville, Jacksonville, Lumberton, Wilmington and the military installation of Fort Bragg, in Cumberland, Onslow, Robeson and New Hanover counties.
People who have a 910 area code do not have to change. New numbers for these areas will receive area code 471. According to the North American Numbering Plan Administrator, the remaining supply of new phone numbers available in area code 910 is expected to be exhausted by the end of 2022. Officials said that once the 910 area code numbers are all used, new 472 numbers will begin.
Beginning October 7, customers in the 910 area code overlay region can be assigned a number in the new 472 area code when requesting a new service or additional line. Customers receiving a 472 area code will need to dial the area code and phone number for all local calls, just as customers with 910 area code phone numbers do today.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for the eventual launch of the new 472 area code:
• Device verification to verify that area codes are included with all registered numbers.
• Continue programming/saving/remembering phone numbers on all devices using the full 10-digit phone number (three-digit area code plus seven-digit phone number).
• Check that all services and equipment – such as automatic dialers, life safety and medical alert systems, alarm/security systems and security gates, call forwarding settings and voicemail services – recognize the new area code 472 as a valid phone number.