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5:05 am
Fri May 31, 2013

A Fresh Look at the 512 As an Upstart Moves In

Austin musician Gerald G, also known as Mr. 512, is cool with the new area code about to drop.
Marisssa Bartnett for KUT News

Starting tomorrow, you’ll need to dial ten or dial again. Austin is getting a new area code, 737, and from now on, everyone needs to dial all 10 digits of a local number, area code included.

For many, Austin’s 512 area code is so much more than a prefix.

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4:05 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

10-Digit Dialing Starts on Saturday

Don't forget the area code for local numbers, starting this weekend when 737 goes into effect.

Ten-digit local dialing in the Austin area starts this Saturday.

We were just running out of phone numbers. As the Austin population grows, so does the number of telephones.

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12:47 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

It's Official: 737 Coming to the 512

Austinites will soon have to get used to ten digit dialing.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

With Austin’s growth comes some changes. This morning, the Public Utility Commission voted to adopt a new area code for the Austin area. The 737 area code will be introduced to the 512 in July of 2013.

Commissioner Ken Anderson says the transition shouldn’t be difficult for Austinites.

“We’ve had ten digit dialing in North Texas for a long time. So welcome to the 21st century,” said Anderson.

Ten digit dialing will be phased in starting this December.

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AM Update
8:21 am
Thu May 17, 2012

AM Update: Sound Off on Area Code 737, Quake Shakes East Texas, Water Rate Hike in Kyle

Different area codes: A map of Texas shows the 512 service zone, soon to see introduction of the 737 area code.
Map image courtesy Wikipedia; phone photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

What Do You Think of Area Code 737?

The Public Utility Commission wants to hear from Central Texans this morning about the plan to add a new area code.

Because of population growth and the popularity of cell phones, the commission says 512 numbers are running out and numbers with a 737 area code will soon be added.

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