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Central Texas Getting New Area Code

Austin area to now also use 737

Friday, Jun 29, 2012  |  Updated 10:12 AM CDT
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Central Texas Getting New Area Code

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The Austin/Central Texas area will debut the new area code in December.

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Regulators have approved an additional area code for Central Texas that will require dialing all 10 phone digits.

The Texas Public Utility Commission decision means the Austin area next July will have 737 and the current 512 as area codes.

PUC officials, who approved the new area code Thursday, say the 10-digit dialing will be phased in starting in December.

Authorities say the additional area code is needed to avoid the 512 area code running out of phone numbers. New phone numbers could be assigned either area code.

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