Idaho Will Get Second Area Code In 2017

Nov 3, 2015

Credit Boise State Public Radio

Make some room, 208.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved the change Monday. People with the current 208 number, which has been around since 1947, will be able to keep their area code. “986” will get assigned to new phone numbers beginning in 2017.

Once the second area code is added, 10-digit dialing will be required throughout the state.  

According to the Associated Press, 12 other states have just one area code. But as of August, five of those states were also considering adding a second version.

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