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Hillsborough County to get new area code as 813 runs out

Posted at 1:55 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 13:55:38-04

Hillsborough County will soon be home to more than just the 813 area code.

A new area code will be added to the existing 813 region, through an overlay implementation plan approved by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC).

The current supply of available 813 area code numbers is expected to run out during the third quarter of 2022. The new overlay plan is intended to extend that supply.

The new area code will cover the same geographic boundaries of the current 813 area code.

Existing telephone customers will keep their numbers, but new customers, or customers adding additional lines, will receive the new area code.

Everyone will have to dial the area code plus the seven-digit phone number to make local calls (10-digit dialing). The PSC also approved a 13-month implementation schedule that includes a six-month customer permissive dialing period.

“As one of the most populous areas of Florida, Hillsborough county has thriving businesses and growing communities. Add all the new technologies that require telephone numbers to this, and it’s not surprising that a new area code is needed,” said PSC Chairman Gary Clark. “The approved overlay plan is customer-friendly. Current customers can keep their existing number, which is especially important to area businesses, and the six-month permissive dialing period will allow time for residents to adjust to 10-digit dialing.”

The PSC has not said what the new area code will be.