Region covered by area code 256/938 in Alabama
Region covered by area code 256/938 in Alabama

Area codes 256 and 938 are telephone numbering plan codes that mostly cover North Alabama as well as some eastern portions of the state.

The main area code, 256, was created on March 23, 1998, as a split from area code 205.[1] In order to allow people time to reprogram electronics such as computers, cell phones, pagers and fax machines, use of the 205 area code continued in the 256 areas through September 28, 1998.[1]

It covers north and northeast Alabama and includes the following metropolitan areas:

In March 2009, the Alabama Public Service Commission announced that the state's first all-services overlay area code, 938, would be added with the current 256 area code "sometime in 2011".[2][3] As a result, 10-digit dialing was implemented for all numbers in the area with voluntary compliance beginning on November 7, 2009, and mandatory use by June 5, 2010 instead of dialing 7 digits.[4][5] The 938 area code took effect beginning July 10, 2010.[4] This timing roughly coincided with the end of the originally projected 12-year "life span" of the original 256 area code.[2]

Counties and cities included

Counties

Cities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Underwood, Jerry (March 16, 1998). "Countdown starts to new area code: 2...5...6". The Birmingham News. p. 1A.
  2. ^ a b Lowry, Bob (March 4, 2009). "Flex your fingers for 10-digit dialing in 2010". The Huntsville Times.
  3. ^ "Order for Relief of the 256 Numbering Plan Area" (PDF). Alabama Public Service Commission. March 3, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "10-digit calls in Alabama's 256 area code to begin". The Birmingham News. Associated Press. October 6, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Introducing Alabama's New Area Code 938" (PDF) (Press release). AT&T. November 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 18, 2010. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
Alabama area codes: 205/659, 251, 256/938, 334
North: 931
West: 662, 205/659 256/938 East: 706/762, 770/678/470
South: 205/659, 334
Tennessee area codes: 423, 615/629, 731, 865, 901, 931
Mississippi area codes: 228, 601/769, 662
Georgia area codes: 229, 404, 470/678, 478, 706/762, 770, 912

Coordinates: 34°8′N 85°58′W / 34.133°N 85.967°W / 34.133; -85.967