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Area codes 508 and 774

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Highlighted area of the numbering plan area overlay of 508 and 774
Highlighted area of the numbering plan area overlay of 508 and 774
Map of the Massachusetts area codes since May 2001
Map of the Massachusetts area codes since May 2001
Map of area code 508 from its inception in July 1988 until it was split in September 1997
Map of area code 508 from its inception in July 1988 until it was split in September 1997
Map of the original two area codes of Massachusetts
Map of the original two area codes of Massachusetts

Area codes 508 and 774 are telephone area codes in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The numbering plan area comprises south-central and most of southeastern Massachusetts (LATA code 128). It includes Worcester, Outer south and southwest Greater Boston (such as the MetroWest region), as well as Fall River, New Bedford, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket.

History

Massachusetts was originally divided into two numbering plan areas, when AT&T created the North American Numbering Plan in 1947. Area code 617 was assigned to the eastern two-thirds of Massachusetts from roughly the western end of Worcester County to Boston, The Cape and Islands, and the South Coast, while the western part received area code 413.

Area code 508 was created on July 16, 1988, in a split from 617.[1] Permissive dialing of 617 and 508 continued until January 1, 1989.

On September 1, 1997, numbering plan area 508 was split, whereby area code 978 was assigned to the northern part of the service area.

Area code 774 was added to the 508 numbering plan area on May 2, 2001, forming an overlay complex and making ten-digit dialing mandatory for all local calls.

Some mobile telephone numbers assigned in the 1990s in communities in the former northern half of 508 (now the 978 area code) kept the area code after it split.[citation needed]

As of 2018, NPA 508/774 is projected to be exhausted by 2045.[2]

Service area

The numbering plan area of area codes 508 and 774 includes the regions of Worcester County, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, MetroWest, Nantucket, and South Coast (Massachusetts).

The major town and cities are Attleboro, Barnstable, Bridgewater, Brockton, Dartmouth, Fall River, Framingham, Franklin, New Bedford, Plymouth, Taunton, and Worcester.

See also

References

  1. ^ "NPA: 508". NANP Administration System. North American Numbering Plan Administration. Retrieved 25 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ 2018 October NANPA Exhaust Projections

External links

Massachusetts area codes: 339/781, 351/978, 413, 508/774, 617/857
North: 978/351
West: 413 area code 508/774 East: 781/339, Atlantic Ocean
South: 860, 401
Connecticut area codes: 203/475, 860/959
Rhode Island area codes: 401
This page was last edited on 15 January 2021, at 11:56
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