Area code 907

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Area code 907 covers the entire state of Alaska, except for the small southeastern Alaska community of Hyder, Alaska, which uses the 250 area code of neighboring Stewart, British Columbia.[1] as well as the Canadian border crossing station just outside of Haines, AK. Area code 907 was assigned in 1957 along with area code 808 for Hawaii.

Ten-digit dialing for long distance calls is required in Alaska, since many calls within the state are classified as long-distance phone calls. People therefore must often guess if they need to dial 1+907 or not (if they do not know the actual location of the business or person they are calling), though local calls from local telephones can use just seven digits.

Area code 907 is the largest area code, in terms of land area served in the U.S., and is second only to Canadian area code 867 among codes in the North American Numbering Plan. Since the Aleutian Islands of Alaska cross longitude 180 (also known as the Anti-Meridian), 907 can be considered to be both the farthest west and the farthest east area code in the NANP. It was also tied with 808 as the longest area code to dial on a rotary phone (taking 26 pulses to dial out) until the proliferation of touch tone phones and the opening up of area codes previously unused within the NANP.

Due to Alaska's low population, 907 is one of one of only 13 remaining area codes serving (almost) an entire state. It is not projected to exhaust until 2029.

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  1. ^ http://gov.state.ak.us/trade/2003/tad/canada/canadabritishcolumbia.htm

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Alaska area codes: 907
North: Arctic Ocean, Country code +7 in Russia
West: Country code +7 in Russia area code 907 East: 236, 250, 778, 867
South: Pacific Ocean, 808
British Columbia area codes: 236, 250, 604, 778
Hawaii area codes: 808
Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut area codes: 867

Coordinates: 64°N 153°W / 64°N 153°W / 64; -153