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Area codes 919 and 984

Area codes 919 and 984


Area codes 919 and 984 are telephone
area codes serving all or parts of 11 counties in the east-central area of the
U.S. state of North Carolina. They serve the primary cities of Raleigh, Durham,
Cary and Chapel Hill/Carrboro, and the surrounding suburban areas of the
Research Triangle metropolitan area, as well as the outlying towns and nearby
rural areas of Oxford to the north, Sanford to the south, Goldsboro to the
southeast, and Mebane to the west. History
Area code 919, the main area code, was split off from area code 704, the
state’s original area code, in 1954. It originally covered the entire eastern
part of the state from Winston-Salem to Wilmington. 704 was reduced to cover
Charlotte and all points west. Despite North Carolina’s explosive
growth in the second half of the 20th century, this configuration remained in
place for 39 years. In 1993, the western and southern portions of the area code
were split off to form area code 910. In 1998, the northeastern portion was split
off to form area code 252. Area code 919 was initially slated for
overlay with area code 984 in 2001. However, the overlay was deferred when
the supply of numbers was deemed sufficient for the near term. Within a
decade, however, the proliferation of cell phones and pagers meant that the
implementation of 984 could no longer be delayed. In September 2011, the North
Carolina Utilities Commission announced that the 984 area code was being pressed
into service. Ten-digit dialing for local calls became optional on October
1, 2011, and became mandatory across the Triangle on March 31, 2012, a move which
has resulted in thousands of wrong number calls to 9-1-1 instead of 919.
New 984 telephone numbers in the affected region began being assigned no
later than August, 2014. Counties served
Alamance Chatham
Duplin Durham
Franklin Granville
Harnett Johnston
Orange Wake
Wayne Lee
Major cities and towns Raleigh
Apex Carrboro
Cary Chapel Hill
Clayton Durham
Fuquay-Varina Garner
Goldsboro Holly Springs
Morrisville Research Triangle Park
Smithfield Cultural references
North Carolina native Petey Pablo paid respect to area code 919 on his debut
album Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry. In the musical Rent, one of Alexi
Darling’s contact numbers left on Mark and Roger’s answering machine has a 919
area code, even though she is an agent in New York City.
See also List of North Carolina area codes
References ^ Docket P-100, Sub 137B. North Carolina
Utilities Commission PDF ^ WRAL. “Misdials to 911 continue year
after Triangle starts 10-digit dialing”. WRAL.com. Retrieved 23 September 2015.

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