- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Despite an increased demand for numbers as mobile device usage rises, estimates show that Rhode Island has enough seven-digit variations within the 401 area code to last 30 years.

John Manning, senior director of the North American Numbering Plan Administration, tells WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/1NMw4iA ) the area code will last a long time even though the demand for numbers could increase during that time span.

The recent estimate comes from new phone company data that shows the area code won’t be “exhausted” until after 2045.

Each area code includes 800 prefixes, or the three digits in the middle of a phone number. NANPA says 401 currently has 225 prefixes available and the state uses approximately six each year.

Rhode Island’s 401 was one of the original 86 area codes created in 1947.


Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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