Map of area code 906 in Michigan.
Map of area code 906 in Michigan.

Area code 906 is the telephone area code in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

History

Area code 906 was assigned in an area code split of numbering plan area (NPA) 616 on March 19, 1961, in a flash cut, which means no permissive dialing period was implemented. 906 is among the least populous numbering plan areas in North America, serving only about 320,000 people. Therefore, it is unlikely 906 will exhaust in the foreseeable future.[1] The area code has inspired an unofficial holiday in the Upper Peninsula on September 6 (906 correlating to the month/day date).[2]

Prior to October 2021, area code 906 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.[3]

Service area

Area code 906 is used in the following cities:

Isle Royale National Park and Mackinac Island also use the 906 area code.

Bois Blanc Township in the only municipality in the Upper Peninsula to not use area code 906, as it uses area code 231.

Most of the numbering plan area is in the Eastern Time Zone, except for the counties bordering Wisconsin, which are in the Central Time Zone.

See also

References

  1. ^ https://nationalnanpa.com/reports/2020-1_NPA_Exhaust_Projections_Final.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ Gmiter, Tanda (6 September 2016). "Happy #906 Day to da U.P., eh!". MLive. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  3. ^ "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.
Michigan area codes: 231, 248/947, 269, 313, 517, 586, 616, 734, 810, 906, 989
North: 705/249, Lake Superior
West: 715/534 area code 906 East: 705/249, Lake Huron
South: 231, 715/534, 920, Lake Michigan
Ontario area codes: 226/519/548, 249/705, 289/365/905, 343/613, 416/437/647, 807
Wisconsin area codes: 262, 414, 534/715, 608, 920

Coordinates: 46°N 87°W / 46°N 87°W / 46; -87