Region covered by area code 251 in Alabama
Region covered by area code 251 in Alabama

Area code 251 is a telephone numbering plan code covering southwestern Alabama serving Mobile, Baldwin, and Washington counties and parts of six other counties.[1] It was created on June 18, 2001, as a split from area code 334.[2] In order to allow people time to reprogram electronics such as computers, cell phones, pagers and fax machines, use of the 334 area code continued in the 251 areas through January 7, 2002.[3]

Prior to October 2021, area code 251 had telephone numbers assigned for the central office code 988. In 2020, 988 was designated nationwide as a dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which created a conflict for exchanges that permit seven-digit dialing. This area code was therefore scheduled to transition to ten-digit dialing by October 24, 2021.[4]

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References

  1. ^ Lowry, Bob (March 4, 2009). "Flex your fingers for 10-digit dialing in 2010". The Huntsville Times.
  2. ^ "Area Code 251". NANPA. Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  3. ^ McCauley, Charles R. (February 14, 2001). "Southwest Alabama to get new area code". The Birmingham News.
  4. ^ "Transition to 10-digit dialing (for 988 as 3-digit access to National Suicide Prevention Hotline)" (PDF). North American Numbering Plan Administrator. January 8, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
Alabama area codes: 205/659, 251, 256/938, 334
North: 205/659, 334
West: 228, 601/769 251 East: 334, 850
South: 850, Gulf of Mexico
Mississippi area codes: 228, 601/769, 662
Florida area codes: 239, 305/786, 321, 352, 386, 407/689, 561, 727, 772, 813, 850/448, 863, 904, 941, 954/754

Coordinates: 31°6′N 87°55′W / 31.100°N 87.917°W / 31.100; -87.917