When a 202 number flashes on your phone screen, you understand you're getting a call from D.C.
. However the well known location code that's covered the city for years is running out of numbers.
Now, District locals understand the area code for the next generation of contact number: 771.
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The North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) administered the brand-new location code and approved a prepare for it to be phased in over 13 months, the general public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DCPSC) said this week.
Attached to your 202 number? Do not worry, it's not going away. The 202 location code will remain in use and nobody will be forced to alter their number. However ultimately, new telephone number will begin with 771.
The addition of a brand-new location code implies you'll have to alter how you call your neighbors.
Once the 771 location code is active, anybody making wireless or wired phone calls in the District will be needed to call the entire 10-digit phone number, complete with the appropriate area code.
The 771 area code will cover the entire District of Columbia. It will take about 13 months to present the new number once an application plan is approved, including six months of network preparation, 6 months of public education and a one-month period when it ends up being necessary to use all 10 digits to dial.
The 202 location code has been in use because 1947 and is anticipated to lack new numbers throughout the 3rd quarter of 2022.