Central Ohioans will see a new 380 area code introduced because the available phone numbers for the existing 614 code are expected to run out next year.
Regulators plan to use both codes for the same geographic area, meaning even local phone calls eventually will require dialing the full 10-digit number. The so-called “overlay” plan was approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio years ago, in 2001.
The North American Numbering Plan Administration doesn’t anticipate using the 380 code until late February 2016 or later. It says many customers aren’t yet aware they’ll have to get accustomed to a second code.
Ohioans under the 740 area code experience that this year, as a new 220 code is added to that region starting in April.