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Area codes 215 and 267

Area codes 215 and 267


215 and 267 are the North American
telephone area codes for the City of Philadelphia and the northern and
eastern municipalities in Bucks and Montgomery Counties in the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. Area code 215 was one of the original
area codes established in 1947 and originally included the entire
southeastern part of the Commonwealth, from the Delaware border to the Lehigh
Valley. Given the rotary dialing technology in use at the time, the North
American Numbering Plan Administrator wanted to keep the number of “clicks” to
a minimum for large cities. For this reason, Philadelphia was given an area
code with eight clicks. On January 8, 1994, the area served by
215 was split. Most of its western portion–Philadelphia’s southern and
western suburbs, most of Berks County and the Lehigh Valley–changed to area
code 610, while Philadelphia and its northern suburbs remained 215.
This was intended as a long-term solution, but within two years 215 was
close to exhaustion due to the rapid growth of the Philadelphia area and the
proliferation of cell phones and pagers. The supply of numbers was further
limited because the entire state of Delaware is part of the Philadelphia
LATA, meaning several exchanges in Delaware’s 302 weren’t available for
use. To solve the problem, overlay code 267 was established July 1, 1997.
Area code 445 was proposed in July 2000 as an overlay with area codes 215 and
267. However, these plans were delayed and then rescinded in 2003 by the
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Counties served
The 215/267 area codes serve all or part of five counties in Pennsylvania.
Berks County Bucks County
Lehigh County Montgomery County
Philadelphia County Places with over 30,000 inhabitants
Abington Bensalem
Bristol Cheltenham
Falls Lower Makefield
Northampton Philadelphia
Warminster See also
List of Pennsylvania area codes List of NANP area codes
North American Numbering Plan References
External links List of Pennsylvania area codes
NANPA Area Code Map of Pennsylvania List of exchanges from
AreaCodeDownload.com, 215 Area Code List of exchanges from
AreaCodeDownload.com, 267 Area Code

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