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Pittsburgh Region Getting New Area Code—What Do You Think?

The need to activate the 878 area code is imminent, according to the Public Utility Commission.

Cranberry area residents could be dialing up a new area code.

The Pennsylvania Public Commission is adding 878 as a new area code for southwestern Pennsylvania because the 724 and 412 phone numbers are almost all taken.

The 724 area code is nearing exhaust and the need to activiate the 878 area code is imminent, according to the commission. Because of this, telephone numbers will be assigned using the 878 area code in the 724 area, which includes Cranberry, first.

Mandatory 10-digit dialing within and between the 412 and 724 areas has been occurring since July 2001, and residents will need to 10-digit dial all telephone numbers within the 878, 412 and 724 area to reach the person or business they are dialing.

All current customers keep their same area codes and telephone numbers. Numbers from the new area code may be assigned to new telephone customers or those adding additional lines.

Let's talk! What do you think about the new 878 area code? Tell us in the comments.

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Steve Carpenter February 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM
New prefix numbers? This is a great indicator that our economy and population is growing. As long as we can keep our current number, all is well.
Tom February 19, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I don't think the 724 is going away.
Tom February 19, 2013 at 02:56 PM
my post should include "as the headline implies"
Janet Butler February 19, 2013 at 03:24 PM
the headline does not make sense? The 724 area code is not going away; they are just adding a new area code.
Jessica Sinichak February 19, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I didn't mean to imply the 724 area code was going away, just that the assigning of it is ending. Unfortunately, it's difficult to fit that all into one headline! I will clarify it though. Thank you for your feedback.
Tom February 20, 2013 at 09:54 PM
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