Yes, Columbia and central SC are getting a new area code

Yes, Columbia and central SC are getting a new area code
Updated: Aug. 10, 2018 at 4:55 PM EDT
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(WIS) - Save the digits - Columbia is getting a new area code.

The North American Numbering Plan Administration announced the new area code of "839" for areas including central South Carolina, including Columbia.

"839" is not replacing "803," but has been assigned to overlay the existing geographical area.

The addition of an area code is to ensure the availability of telephone numbers "in a manner that is most efficient and least confusing for customers" without disrupting existing customers and businesses.

"All existing customers will retain the 803 area code and will not need to change their telephone numbers," the agency said in a release. "Ten-digit dialing will be required by all customers in the area covered by 803/839."

What's considered central South Carolina? According to the NANPA map currently online, the area that will have the "839" overlay is the direct center of the state from the Georgia border to the North Carolina border south to north and features Midlands cities like Sumter and Columbia and other cities like Rock Hill and Aiken.

Information from the South Carolina Public Service Commission and NANPA said the change will happen in 2020.

"Service providers are projected to have the new 839 area code implemented by the end of second quarter of 2020 after which they can begin to assign numbers from 839 to customers," a Neustar spokesperson said via email.

The North American Numbering Plan Administration is a department of the Federal Communications Commission. 

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