Area codes 713, 281, 832, and 346

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Area codes 713, 281, 832, and 346 are telephone area codes in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) forming an overlay complex for Houston, Texas and its environs. Area code 713 is one of the original four area codes established for Texas in 1947.

Area code 806Area code 940Area codes 682 and 817Area codes 682 and 817Area codes 214, 469, and 972Area codes 214, 469, and 972Area codes 430 and 903Area code 575Area code 915Area code 432Area codes 281, 346, 713, and 832Area codes 281, 713, and 832Area code 979Area code 936Area code 409Area code 361Area code 956Area code 210Area code 210Area code 830Area code 512Area code 254Area code 325Area code 318Area code 337Area code 870Area code 580
Map of Texas and adjacent regions, with numbering plan area 281/346/713/832 highlighted.

HistoryEdit

When the North American Numbering Plan was established in 1947, Texas was divided into four numbering plan areas (NPAs), roughly designating four quadrants in the state. Area code 713 was assigned to the southeastern quadrant, from the Sabine River to the Brazos Valley.

On March 19, 1983, the numbering plan area was divided for the first time. The immediate Houston area retained area code 713, while the northern, eastern and western portions became area code 409.

On November 2, 1996, area code 713 was split again, with most of Houston's suburbs switching to area code 281. The dividing line roughly followed Beltway 8. Generally, the majority of Houston itself and most of the suburbs inside the beltway kept area code 713, while 281 served everything outside the beltway. However, area code 713 was retained by all cellphone customers in the Houston area.

Although this was intended as a long-term solution, the rapid growth in demand for telephone services from the proliferation of pagers and cell phones required additional numbering resources within two years in both numbering plan areas. On January 16, 1999, the 713/281 boundary was removed, creating an overlay for the combined area, while simultaneously adding a third area code to the entire region, area code 832. As a result, ten-digit dialing became required for all calls in the Houston area.

On May 9, 2013, the Texas Public Utility Commission announced the addition of yet another code, area code 346, to the Houston overlay as of July 1, 2014.[1] This had the effect of allocating over 31 million telephone numbers to a service territory of eight million people. Exhaust projections of 2019 forecast that the Houston area will not need a fifth area code until mid-2028.[2]

Service areaEdit

Counties served by these area codes:

Towns and cities served by these area codes:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hlavaty, Craig (May 9, 2013). "Houston gets new area code to keep from running out of phone numbers". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  2. ^ https://nationalnanpa.com/reports/2019-1_NPA%20Exhaust_Projections_Final.pdf

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Texas area codes: 210/726, 214/469/972, 254, 281/346/713/832, 325, 361, 409, 430/903, 432, 512/737, 682/817, 806, 830, 915, 936, 940, 956, 979
North: 936
West: 979 Area codes 281/346/713/832 East: 409
South: Gulf of Mexico