Area code 662

Area code 662 is the telephone area code serving the northern half of Mississippi, including the six counties (Benton, Coahoma, Desoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica) that are part of the Memphis metro area. It also includes the cities which are home to the state's two largest universities, Oxford (University of Mississippi or "Ole Miss") and Starkville (Mississippi State University).

Area code 662, in the northern half of Mississippi.

It was created in 1999 in a split from area code 601. The split came in part because the Memphis LATA extends some distance into northern Mississippi, meaning a large block of numbers in Memphis' area code 901 are unavailable for use.

Area code 662 has telephone numbers assigned for the central office code 988. 988 has been designated nationwide as a dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which creates a conflict for exchanges that permit seven-digit dialing. This area code is therefore scheduled to transition to ten-digit dialing, mandatory after October 24, 2021.[1]

Blues guitarist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, who is from Clarksdale, named his second album and its title track "662" after his home area code.[2]

Primary cities covered by area code 662Edit

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Mississippi area codes: 228, 601/769, 662
North: 731, 901
West: 318, 870 area code 662 East: 205/659, 256/938
South: 601/769
Alabama area codes: 205/659, 251, 256/938, 334
Arkansas area codes: 479, 501, 870
Louisiana area codes: 225, 318, 337, 504, 985
Tennessee area codes: 423, 615/629, 731, 865, 901, 931
  1. ^ "Transition to 10-digit dialing (for 988 as 3-digit access to National Suicide Prevention Hotline)" (PDF). NANPA. January 8, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
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