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Area code 215

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215 and 267 are the North American telephone area codes for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which serve its southeast corner, including the city of Philadelphia and its northern and eastern suburbs.

Area code 215 was one of the original area codes established in 1947 and originally included the entire southeastern part of the Commonwealth. Given the rotary dialing technology in use at the time, the North American Numbering Plan Administrator wanted to keep the number of "clicks" to a minimum for large cities. For this reason, Philadelphia was given an area code with eight clicks.

On January 8, 1994, the area served by 215 was split. The southern and western suburbs, most of Berks County and the Lehigh Valley changed to area code 610, while Philadelphia and its northern suburbs remained 215.

This was intended as a long-term solution, but within two years 215 was close to exhaustion due to the rapid growth of the Philadelphia area and the proliferation of cell phones and pagers. The supply of numbers was further limited because the entire state of Delaware is part of the Philadelphia LATA, meaning several exchanges in Delaware's 302 weren't available for use. To solve the problem, overlay code 267 was established July 1, 1997.

Area code 445 was proposed as an overlay with area codes 215 and 267. Plans were delayed then rescinded by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.[1]

Counties served

The 215/267 area codes serve all or part of five counties in Pennsylvania.[2]

See also

Philadelphia portal
Pennsylvania portal


External links

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  • List of exchanges from, 215 Area Code
  • List of exchanges from, 267 Area Code
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North: 484/610/835, 908
West: 484/610/835 215/267 East: 609
South: 856
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Coordinates: 39°59′24″N 75°09′14″W / 39.990°N 75.154°W / 39.990; -75.154

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