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Officials name new area code coming to the 315 region

New York State Public Service Commission

The 315 area code region is going to be joined by a new area code.

The North American Numbering Plan Administrator says 680 will be the new area code assigned to new phone numbers in the 315 area starting in 2017.

Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Syracuse) doesn’t think it’ll be a big deal for residents to get used to the new numbers.

“Most people are using cell phones now anyway, and you load in your most commonly used numbers with the area code, so I don’t think it will be that much of a big deal after a few months, everyone will get used to it,” said Stirpe.

The decision was made after it was determined the 315 area code would run out of numbers in two years.  Phone companies will have about 18 months to implement the new area code by the first quarter of 2017.

“They’ve had enough review over the years,” said Stirpe. “They knew they were running out because of the increase in cell phones and everything else.  So we might as well do it at some point.”  

The Public Service Commission will be conducting outreach to all customers in the area, to explain the change.