Atlanta (WAOK/AJC) — If you intend to ask for an Atlanta phone number in the future, get ready for a shock.  The North American Number Planning Association say they will no longer create numbers beginning with the area codes 404 and 678 anymore.  The reason? The population growth in the Atlanta area has resulted in the limit on phone numbers assigned to both area codes being reached. Each area code can contain up to 8 million phone numbers and the limit was reached October 11, 2013, according to senior director of the number planning organization.

The area code that will be assigned to new phone numbers in metro Atlanta will be 470, which NANPA said was chosen at random. With the addition of this new area code, metropolitan Atlanta will have four operating areas codes: 470, 404, 678, and 770. The 770 area code was created in 1995 and is assigned to phone lines covering  the outer regions of metro Atlanta.

In addition to the new area code being assigned in metro Atlanta, newer Athens, North Georgia, Augusta, Lagrange and Columbus phone lines will begin with 762 area codes, as 706 area codes were exhausted last week.

Written by Sherman H. Smith Jr (WAOK/Intern)


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