327 Picked as New Area Code To Overlay With 870

LITTLE ROCK – Move over, 870. Arkansas is getting a new area code.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission says the new area code for much of Arkansas will be 327. The supply of 870 numbers is projected to run out in late 2013.

The plan approved by the commission allows existing 870 customers to keep their current phone numbers. Once the plan is implemented, local calls will require 10-digit dialing.

The commission says the implementation date for the new area code is projected to be in 2012, but it depends on when the 870 numbers run out.

Arkansas’ other area codes are 501, which covers central Arkansas, and 479, which covers northwest Arkansas.

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