Get ready: New metro Atlanta area code is coming Tuesday

METRO ATLANTA — Chalk it up to the continuing boom in population for the metro Atlanta area, or more people with phones.

Either way, if you still dial full phone numbers to make calls, you’ll need to add another local area code to your phone dialing repertoire.

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In Sept. 2020, Georgia’s Public Service Commission approved a new area code for Atlanta and its surrounding communities.

This week, we now know when you’ll start to see it. The new code 943 will be added starting March 15.

The 943 area code will add to the continually growing list of already-used codes for most north Georgia residents.

Channel 2′s Kristen Holloway got a notice from her phone provider, and you may receive one soon.

For those who’ve lived in the area a long time the 404 area code was metro Atlanta. In the 1980s, the 770 area code was added. That number was used mostly for people living outside the I-285 perimeter.

Then came 678 and more recently, the 470 area codes, as the population boomed in metro Atlanta.

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If you live in: Alpharetta, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Forest Park, Gainesville, Griffin, Lawrenceville, Mableton, Marietta, Peachtree City, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna and Tucker, this means if you need a new phone number, you’ll be getting 943.

If you have an existing number, nothing will change other than having to dial a new area code to reach someone who gets a 943 number.

The PSC recommends for anyone with automatic dialing equipment to check and see if it will recognize the 943 area code.

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They also suggest checking websites, business stationery, ad materials, checks, contact information and other items with phone numbers to make sure they are labeled correctly.

The commission said most people will not even notice the change, other than seeing the new area code pop up in their caller ID.

The PSC has a full list of frequently asked questions on their website if you are not sure how the change will impact you.

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