Numbering plan area 334
Numbering plan area 334

Area code 334 is a telephone area code in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for southeastern Alabama. It was created on January 15, 1995, in an area code split from area code 205.[1] and was the first new area code in Alabama since the implementation of area codes in 1947. To permit a transition period for the reconfiguration of equipment, such as computers and fax machines, use of area code 205 continued in the 334 region through May 13, 1995.[1]

The numbering plan area (NPA) comprises the Montgomery, Auburn-Opelika, and Dothan metropolitan areas, as well as Phenix City and the Alabama side of the Columbus, Georgia metro area. The original 334 territory included the southern half of Alabama. Area code 251 was subsequently split from 334 in 2001 for southwest Alabama, including Mobile.[2]

Area code 334 was the first interchangeable NPA code, not having the middle digit as 0 or 1,[3] officially preceding Washington area code 360 by one minute.[4]

Exhaustion projections in 2022 suggested that an additional area code will be needed in southeastern Alabama by 2024 or 2025.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Diel, Stan (December 15, 1994). "Ma Bell gives time to adjust to new code". The Birmingham News. pp. B1.
  2. ^ Lowry, Bob (March 4, 2009). "Flex your fingers for 10-digit dialing in 2010". The Huntsville Times.
  3. ^ Bellcore Information Letter IL94-01-033
  4. ^ Bellcore Information Letter IL94-01-029
  5. ^ "2022-1 NRUF and NPA Exhaust Analysis" (PDF). North American Numbering Plan Administrator. April 21, 2021. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
Alabama area codes: 205/659, 251, 256/938, 334
North: 205/659, 256/938
West: 205/659, 251 334 East: 706/762, 229
South: 251, 850
Georgia area codes: 229, 404, 470/678, 478, 706/762, 770, 912
Florida area codes: 239, 305/786, 321, 352, 386, 407/689, 561, 727, 772, 813, 850/448, 863, 904, 941, 954/754

Coordinates: 31°45′N 85°50′W / 31.750°N 85.833°W / 31.750; -85.833