Area codes 902 and 782

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Area code 902 and overlay area code 782 are the telephone area codes in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The 902 area code is one of the 86 original area codes established in the North American Numbering Plan in October 1947.

The 902 code originally covered the three Maritime provinces, with Newfoundland added shortly after it joined Canada in 1949; New Brunswick, along with Newfoundland, moved to area code 506 in 1955. Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador) subsequently received its own area code, 709, in early 1962.

In October 2012, a relief area code was announced, 782, which will overlay the entire 902 area. The 782 area code will be activated on November 30, 2014, at which time 10-digit dialing for local calls will become mandatory throughout the service area.[1]

902/782 is unusual as it is shared by two provinces and/or states. Other such area codes:

  • 250 is used in much of British Columbia, but also in Hyder, Alaska.
  • 418 (now overlain with 581) covers eastern Quebec, and is also used in the border hamlet of Estcourt Station, Maine.
  • 541 covers most of Oregon, but also is used in part of California's Del Norte County.
  • 613 (eastern Ontario) includes one exchange in Saint Regis, Quebec which straddles the border.
  • 867 is shared by the three Canadian territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.
  • 809 originally was shared by most Caribbean islands (exceptions are: Cuba, Haiti, the Netherlands Antilles, and the French West Indies) but now serves only the Dominican Republic. 809 since has been overlain with 829 and 849.

The incumbent local exchange carrier in the 902/782 area is Bell Aliant, which was produced from a merger that included Island Telecom (formerly Island Tel), Maritime Telephone and Telegraph (MT&T), New Brunswick Tel (NBTel) and NewTel Communications (NewTel).

In 2005, the 902 telephone market was the most competitive telephone area code in North America when EastLink became the first cable company to offer local telephone service over a fiber optic network in North America in 1999.[citation needed] The 902 area code is projected to be exhausted by 2015. As a result, a 782 area code was introduced on August 23, 2014.[2] A recorded message reminding callers that 10-digit dialing would become mandatory on November 30 was activated on August 23.[1] Exchanges in 782 were made available to telephone service providers on May 30, 2014, but numbers cannot be assigned to customers until 10-digit dialing is activated.[1]

Communities included[edit]

Nova Scotia[edit]

Prince Edward Island[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Planning Letter 454: NPA 782 to Overlay NPA 902 (Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island, Canada)". North American Numbering Plan Administration. May 31, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nova Scotia and PEI to get new area code". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island area codes: 902(/782)
North: Gulf of Saint Lawrence, 418/581, 709
West: 506 902, 782 East: Atlantic Ocean
South: Atlantic Ocean
New Brunswick area codes: 506
Newfoundland and Labrador area codes: 709
Quebec area codes: 418, 438, 450, 514, 579, 581, 819

Coordinates: 45°25′26″N 63°07′44″W / 45.424°N 63.129°W / 45.424; -63.129