You’d best start updating your Contact List now and add that ‘570’ area code before each number. Starting September 21st, you’ll have to do 10-digit dialing as we introduce a new overlay area code for 570.
Welcome to 272. Starting October 21st, all new phone lines in the area will start with 272.
The 570 area code didn’t exist until it was split from area code 717 in 1998. So why not split again? The simplest answer is cost. Imagine how much it would cost to reprint every ad, business card, piece of letterhead, sign and billboard if 570 split into 2 codes. So the new process to overlay a new area code onto the old one.
via Scranton Times
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