Reporting Jessica Kartalija
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Have trouble keeping track of codes and numbers? Now Maryland is adding another area code to the mix.
Jessica Kartalija has the 411 on the new digits.
Maryland is adding three more digits to the 410, 443 mix.
Reporter: “667. What do you think about it?”
Maryland Resident: “Get the heck out! I’m still getting over the 301 change, 301 to 410. That was like 20 years ago.”
“667? Why? I mean, have we run out of 443s and 410s?” said another person.
Yup. In just a few months, all the 410s and 443s will be used up! The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to make sure everyone in our state is dialed in.
“Adding a new area code adds about 8 million new numbers,” Douglas Nazarian of the Maryland Public Service Commission said.
“I don’t want a 667, it’s already confusing. It’s already 10 digits. It used to be seven. Wow!” said one person.
Impacted areas include Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Carroll Counties.
For the most part, Marylanders don’t mind the change, and say they could get used to the new 667.
Reporter: “Could you get used to a 667?”
Maryland Resident: “Yeah, I’ll adapt, I’ll get used to it. Change comes anyway, I’ll get used to it.”
Again, if you have a 410 or 443 or 301 or 240, you are all set. This change affects new phones only.
Typically, the FCC makes the new area code announcement 10 months in advance. But because Maryland is running out of numbers so quickly, the change is coming in the spring.