Sounds like the 305 is getting another area code. With a demand for new phone numbers, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has revealed that an all-services area code overlay has been approved for Miami-Dade County and a portion of the Florida Keys.
That code, set to be introduced this summer, will be “645.” 😮
The 305 code was first established in 1947 when it had enough numbers for the whole of Florida. However, with the quick advancement in telecommunications and the growth in population, it would soon need a new number.
In 1998, the 786 exchange (which spells SUN on the old phone keypad) would later be introduced. While it took 51 years for the 305 to run out, it sounds like the 786 is running out in half the time. That would be just 25 years!
Earlier in March, a second area code was approved for Palm Beach County — 728 — because the traditional 561 prefix was running dry. It seems like the area’s number of phones just keeps growing and it’s growing fast!
South Floridians purchasing a new service or line will start to see the new 645 area code beginning August 4. The new code will co-exist with 305/786 throughout the region, so current customers do not need to do anything differently since they are already in a 10-digit dialing area, according to the PSC.
For more information, click here to visit the Florida PSC website.
So, do you think the new area code will stick as a nickname like “The 305”? Or will it just be another 786?