Talk:Area code 202
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No overlay plans?
Quoth the article:
As of 2005, there are no plans to split or overlay the area code, probably since the total population of the District is less than 600,000, and the number of possible legitimate telephone numbers in an area code is more than ten times this number.
I slapped the citation needed template on this. It sounds reasonable on the face of it, but I'd bet that DC has an unusually high number of cell phone/blackberry numbers and copious amounts of office phones needed for the various agencies of the federal government. It's probably still not enough to merit an overlay, but the sentence as is smells of speculation. --Jfruh (talk) 19:10, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
I changed the sentence to reflect NANPA analysis rather than mathematical guesswork.
Are you referring to what shows up in caller-ID? Maybe 202 area code would cause some people to think it was some sort of official business? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 16:39, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
allowing previously-forbidden prefix duplications
I saw the following, and will replace it with a reference to continued growth:
"The Washington area's one-LATA status limited the supply of available numbers on the Maryland and Virginia sides"
The problem is that the string I quoted comes AFTER the remark about removing area code 202 from the Md. & Va. suburbs (and requiring 10 digits for local calls in DC area crossing area code boundary). Prior to that, you had situations like this: 949 in use at Kensington (MD), and thus 949 not being useable in DC or the Va. suburbs because those were just a 7-digit local call from Kensington. The changes I mentioned in the paragraph you are reading would allow implementation of 202-949 (in DC, not MD), and also of 703-949 if 703-949 wasn't already being used in the 703 area beyond the DC area.
Also, I have inserted mention of the 703/540 split in Virginia, because that came before the 703/571 overlay in Virginia.