Area codes 336 and 743
Area code 336 is a NANPA area code which covers north-central North Carolina, mainly the Piedmont Triad region and the northern Foothills and northern Mountain regions. It was created out of area code 910 on December 15, 1997.
State officials approved a second area code for the Piedmont Triad that will overlay the current 336 code. The new 743 overlay for area code will be implemented before all numbers in that area code are exhausted, expected to be in 2016.
Major cities within area
- High Point
- North Wilkesboro
- Mount Airy
Officials from the North Carolina Utilities Commission announced on August 20, 2014 that the 743 area code was approved for use. The new area code will mean all local calls will require 10-digit dialing. However, local calls with both area codes will remain free. Customers who already have 336 numbers will be allowed to keep them. The new area code will be used primarily for issuing new numbers. The new area code is needed because all available 336 numbers are expected to be used up by 2016, commission officials said. The Raleigh and Charlotte areas already have two overlay area codes. The activation of 743 will break seven-digit dialing throughout the I-85 Corridor in North Carolina. The Triad had been one of the few large metropolitan areas in the South where seven-digit dialing was still possible.
10-digit dialing begins October 24, 2015 and will be required April 23, 2016, with new numbers getting the 743 area code in May 2016.
- Covington, Owen (August 20, 2014). "With phone numbers running out, Triad to get additional area code". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
- "Ask SAM". Winston-Salem Journal. June 26, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
|North Carolina area codes: 252, 336, 704, 828, 910, 919, 980|
|North: 276, 434|
|West: 828, 423||336||East: 919, 984|
|South: 704, 910, 980|
|Virginia area codes: 276, 434, 540, 571, 703, 757, 804|
|Tennessee area codes: 423, 615(/629), 731, 865, 901, 931|
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