Northeast Ohio Will Get a New Area Code as 440 Numbers Will Run Out by 2024

216, meanwhile, is safe for many more years

Northeast Ohio Will Get a New Area Code as 440 Numbers Will Run Out by 2024
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Northeast Ohio will soon have a new area code as 440, introduced in 1997, will run out of available numbers by 2024, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio announced yesterday in approving a new overlay for the region.

When implemented, the new code will be assigned to all new numbers in the areas shown on the map above currently labeled 440.

When does an area code become exhausted?

PUCO explains:

An area code reaches exhaust when nearly all of the telephone prefixes (or NXX codes) within that area code are assigned. NXX codes are the first three digits of a phone number that follow the area code. There are 792 possible NXX prefixes in each area code, each consisting of 10,000 numbers. The federal body that administers telephone number initially assigns telephone companies whole NXX codes in blocks of 10,000 numbers.

The new code hasn't yet been decided, but it will join 234, an overlay for the Akron, Canton and Youngstown areas which began in 2000, as the most recent additions to Ohio numbers.

216, if you're wondering, won't run out of capacity until 2036, according to PUCO —
both 330 and 440 were created to account for increased demand in the Cleveland area — which is good news since it's the best three digits of the bunch.

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