It was one of the original numbering plan areas created in 1947, and covered the entire state of Alabama. By the 1990s, Alabama needed additional telephone numbers. Besides the state's rapid growth, the state was running out of numbers due to the proliferation of cell phones and pagers. The supply of numbers was further limited because the state is part of several LATAs that spill into adjacent states.
Finally, in 1995, area code 334 was created to serve everything from Montgomery southward. It was reduced to its current size in 1998, when the northern and eastern portions were assigned area code 256.
Customers were encouraged to dial 10 digits for local calls from mid-April 2019. But since mid-October 2019, 7-digit local calling was extinct, and callers will hear a recorded message reminding them.
Counties located in area codes 205/659
- Bibb (most; part of Bibb County is in area code 334)
- Chilton (most; part of Chilton County is in area code 334)
- Etowah (part; most of Etowah County is in area code 256/area code 938)
- Franklin (part; most of Franklin County is in area code 256/area code 938)
- St. Clair
Cities located in area codes 205/659
- Carbon Hill
- Double Springs
- Pell City
- Pleasant Grove
- Lowry, Bob (March 4, 2009). "Flex your fingers for 10-digit dialing in 2010". The Huntsville Times.
- Staff reports (August 21, 2018). "Additional area code coming for western central Alabama". Bizjournals.com.
- "Relief plan" (PDF). www.nationalnanpa.com. October 8, 2018.
|Alabama area codes: 205, 251, 256/938, 334|
|West: 601/769, 662||area codes 205 and 659||East: 256/938|
|South: 251, 334|
|Mississippi area codes: 228, 601/769, 662|
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