Alabama (205) Area Code Overlay

To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 659 area code will be added to the area served by 205. This is known as an area code overlay. Get ready to change the way you dial your local calls!

You do not need to change your existing area code or telephone number.

New Dialing Procedure
  • When calling a number within your own 205 region, dial 10 digits: 1 + (205) plus the 7-digit telephone number. (Note: The 1 is optional when calling from a cellular or mobile phone.)
  • You should begin using the new dialing procedure on April 13, 2019. Up until October 12, 2019, if you forget and dial only seven digits, your call will still be completed. As of that date you must dial all 10 digits or your call will not be completed. A recording will instruct you to hang up and dial again.
  • Starting November 12, 2019, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 659 area code. All calls made within and between area codes 205 and 659 must be placed using the 10-digit telephone number (205 or 659 plus the 7-digit telephone number).
Don't Forget
  • Reprogram any equipment that stores frequently called local numbers so that it dials all 10 digits. This includes life safety systems or medical devices, PBXs, fax machines, dialup Internet modems, alarm and security systems or gates, speed dialers, mobile phones, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions.
  • Update your website, stationery, advertising materials, bank checks, contact information, and your personal or pet ID tags to include the area code.
What Will Not Change
  • Your telephone number, including current area code.
  • The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services.
  • Whatever is considered a local call now will still be a local call.
  • Continue to dial 1 + area code + telephone number (eleven digits) for calls to area codes other than 205 and 659.
  • In an emergency simply dial 911.
  • If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811 services are currently available in your community, no extra digits are needed.

Questions?
Call Frontier Communications at 1.800.921.8101 or visit the Alabama Public Service Commission's website.

Still need help? Call 1.800.921.8101 or Live Chat

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