A new area code has been approved for the 937 region.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved the new 326 area code to be issued to new phone numbers starting in March 2020. According to officials, the area is expected to run out of 937 numbers that year.
“I can’t say I’m surprised because when you see how we’ve had the increase of population in Dayton, you’re going to run out of numbers pretty soon,” said Jo Ann Conard, a Miamisburg resident.
Current phone numbers won’t change, according to PUCO, and the new area code will only be issued to new numbers.
But another big change – beginning in February 2020, you’ll be required to dial the area code for all local calls, according to officials.
“I don’t think I like that,” said Kim Fryer, a Miamisburg resident. “That’s a change I’m going to have to really work with.”
While some say it’ll be an adjustment, others say they already regularly dial 10-digit phone numbers.
“I have to dial different area codes all the time cause we run a business, so I’m kind of used to it,” said Amy Yascavage, a West Carrollton resident.
At the Montgomery County 911 dispatch center, more than 900,000 calls come through each year – many from other area codes, said Capt. Jay Wheeler of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Even with a new area code, phone signals will still connect you to the local dispatch center, Capt. Wheeler said.
“Cell phones are directed by where it hits on a tower, on a cell phone tower,” Wheeler said. “So if somebody is traveling through the area…they can call 911, and it’s going to come here.”
People we spoke with said they’re optimistic people will be able to get used to the changes once they’re implemented.
“It might be a problem for people originally but after a month of doing it, people will get used to it, and it will be second nature,” Yascavage said.
According to PUCO, calls between 937 and 326 numbers will be local calls, and long-distance calls will not change. Existing numbers won’t be affected.