New area code to replace 845 in the Hudson Valley starting next year
Hudson Valley phone numbers are about to get a whole lot more complicated.
In 2000, the Hudson Valley was in turmoil after the announcement of the change of area code 914 to 845. Now another major area code change is coming to the Hudson Valley and it could be prove even more frustrating than last time. .
As the millennium approached, cell phones were growing in popularity and the area was rapidly running out of phone numbers. As a result, Mid-Hudson counties were forced to drop the 914 area code and switch to 845. It was a big headache and many local residents thought we were getting the short end of the stick since Westchester was allowed to keep their phone numbers. . Hudson Valley businesses had to bear the cost of changing signs, advertising, business cards, and other materials that had become obsolete.
If you were in the Hudson Valley when 914 split into 845, you probably remember what a headache it was. Remembering which friends were 914 or 845 was a chore, and those who had an 845 number and a 914 cell phone were constantly confused about whether to use an area code or not.
Two decades later, the Hudson Valley found itself in the same situation. With a growing population, 7-digit phone numbers are running out again. On Thursday, the New York State Public Service Commission announced that Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties will all receive new area codes.
The new 3-digit area code number has yet to be announced, but will go into effect in the fall of 2023. However, unlike the 914 and 845 split, the new area code will only be assigned to new lines. Numbers currently beginning with 845 will retain the same area code. This means that two businesses or homes located next to each other could have entirely different area codes.
Authorities have already prepared the Hudson Valley somewhat for the change by forcing residents to start dialing a full ten-digit phone number when calling someone, even if they are in the same area code. However, the new area code will now require businesses and residents to share their full ten-digit number instead of just seven digits, as it will no longer be certain that the number will start with 845.
Board Chairman Rory M. Christian said the new area code has simply become a necessity, but that should do the trick…for now.
I am confident that this new area code overlay can meet the needs of expanded telecommunications services in the mid-Hudson region for years to come. »
It is expected that the new area code will be able to provide enough new numbers to last just under 30 years.
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