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Bay Area communities get new 669 area code

October 20, 2011 |  2:20 pm

Some California telephone customers in Santa Clara, Alameda and Santa Cruz counties are getting a new area code.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a new 669 area code that will coexist with the current 408 area code. The arrangement is known as an overlay and is intended to provide more phone numbers to meet increasing demand.

The cities in the current 408 area code include San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and a portion of Palo Alto. It is also used in small, unincorporated areas of Alameda and Santa Cruz counties.

Customers will not need to change their existing phone numbers, but beginning in six months, all customers will need to dial the area code plus phone number for local calls in the area. Calls will still go through without the area code for a six-month grace period, but the procedure will become mandatory after that.

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