INDIANAPOLIS – People who live in southern Indiana will soon have a new area code to remember.
With the area quickly running out of phone numbers, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved a new 930 area code. The new code will be an overlay within the current 812 area code. Customers needing new landline or wireless numbers will be assigned the new 930 area code.
Telecommunications companies have 45 days to submit their plans for adjusting to the change, which is set to go into effect next summer. People who live in the area will be required to use 10-digit dialing for calls.
The IURC said there will be a 13-month grace period that will include six months of customer education and network preparation.
The 812 area code went into effect in 1947 and hasn’t been changed since then. All other area codes across the state have been split to accommodate demand and growth in both population and services (cell phones, fax machines and VoIP services).
The IURC expects that the 812 and 930 area codes will remain viable for 71 years. The commission held a series of meetings to discuss options for the phone number shortage. The overlay option was the overwhelming favorite, the IURC said.