Dayton Prepares to add 326 Area Code

Beginning on March 8, 2020 the Dayton area will add a 326 area code along side the existing 937 area code. The current 937 area code is becoming “exhausted,” the technical term used by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, meaning the state is running out of phone numbers in the current area code. Phone numbers are used for fax machines, cell phones, ATM machines, pay-at-the-pump gas stations, as well as traditional land line home phones. The growth of business in the area is part of the reason the possible 7.92 million phone numbers in a given area code are being used up. The state expects to run out of 937 phone numbers in 2020.

What this means for your business:
Beginning February 8, 2020 all calls in the 937 service area will require 10-digit dialing. This means any 7-digit phone numbers that are programmed into cell phones, office phones, fax machines, or security alarm devices will need to be re-programed. Current 937 phone numbers will not change. The addition is considered an overlay, so the new area code will not be considered long distance. Employees will need to be made aware of the change and phone systems will need to be updated.

Fun fact:
The 937 area code was split away from 513 in 1996. The 513 area code is one of the 86 original area codes created by the Bell System in 1947.

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Posted by Charles Wright