Phila.’s collar counties are getting the newly minted area code 835 sooner than expected. Cell phone fingers may have to acclimate to the new digits in pockets of the region on Sept. 2. Erin McCarthy connected with the details for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission previously voted to add the new code to the mix in December, owing to the rapidly decreasing supply of 610 and 484 possibilities. Seven months later, the existing array of 10-digit combinations are now nearly exhausted, precipitating the commission’s decision to speed up the timeline by three months.
The new area code number will be added to Chester and Delaware counties, as well as parts of Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Northampton, and Lehigh counties.
Once all new 610 and 484 phone number combinations are extinct, all new numbers will start with 835. According to the North American Numbering Plan Administrator, the 835 code should meet the demand for nearly six decades.
Existing phone numbers will not be affected by the new code. The way that residents dial calls will also remain the same.
Read more about the 835 area code in The Philadelphia Inquirer.