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Idaho residents prepare for new area code

Posted at 1:54 PM, Nov 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-05 20:33:31-04

Starting Saturday, Idaho residents will have to switch to 10-digit dialing to prepare for a new `986' area code coming in August.

The `208' area code -- Idaho's only one until now -- was introduced in 1947 and replaced a system where residents dialed a few letters and numbers to make a call.

The state is running out of numbers due to cellphone users and internet calling.

Idaho is one of a dozen states remaining with just one area code.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission says the new area code will be assigned to new numbers and no existing numbers will change.