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What are area codes?

Area codes were developed in 1947 to meet the post-World War II surge in demand for telephone services. The first area code to be used was New Jersey's 201 area code in 1951.

The United States of America is divided into regions, known as Area Codes that correspond with telephone dialing areas. Based on population, some states have only one area code, whereas others may have multiple area codes.

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Understanding area codes

The United States of America is divided into regions, known as Area Codes that correspond with telephone dialing areas. Based on population, some states have only one area code, whereas others may have multiple area codes. The need for more telephone numbers increased and led to the need for additional area codes. By adding new area codes, millions of new numbers became available. The increase of numbers provides usage for wireline, wireless, and other technological advanced services.

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    upcoming changes
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    area code change

Making local calls

In some areas, a local call can still be completed by dialing the seven-digit telephone number. To make a direct dial local call, depending on your calling area you may have to dial:

  • Seven-digit telephone number
  • Area code + seven-digit telephone number
  • 1 + area code + seven-digit telephone number

To learn more about local calling in your specific area, please refer to the Customer Info Guide in your Verizon DexMedia white pages directory.

Making long-distance calls

To make a direct dial long distance call within the United States, dial:

  • 1 + area code + seven-digit telephone number

To learn more about what is considered local and long distance calling in your specific area, please refer to the Customer Info Guide in your Verizon DexMedia white pages directory.

Making toll free calls

To make a direct dial toll free call, you must dial:

  • 1 + 800 (888, 877, 866, 855, or, 844) + seven-digit telephone number

Calling Canada and the Caribbean

To place a direct dial call to Canada or the Caribbean, dial:

  • 1 + area code + seven-digit telephone number

Making international calls

To call direct to other foreign countries, dial:

  • 011 + the country code + the city code + the local number