NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A growing population and the explosive expansion of the use of hand-held electronic devices has prompted the creation of a new area code for the mid-state.
Tennessee Regulatory Authority spokesman David Foster says that the 629 area code and 10-digit dialing will go into place Feb. 28, joining the 615 area code in everyday use.
Foster says the two phone codes won’t be divided into separate calling areas, but the codes will instead overlap each other.
“You could have a new neighbor move into your neighborhood. Their area code could be 629. Yours could be 615, but they could be two houses down the block.”
Regulators are encouraging everyone to begin dialing all 10 digits regardless of location this Friday.