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Area Code 672 coming to BC, May 2019

New Area Code 672

A new area code – “672” is coming to British Columbia (BC) on May 4, 2019. The new area code will be added to the list of codes for the region: 236, 250, 604, and 778.

Existing customers’ phone numbers will not be impacted. After May 4, 2019, area code “672” will start to be assigned by providers.

The addition of “672” will not change the 10-digit dialing process in place. Callers will still need to dial the area code plus the seven-digit phone number for local calls, and for long distance callers will still need to dial “1” plus the area code and seven-digit phone number.



Frequently Asked Questions

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The new area code is necessary due to the limited number of options within the current available number combinations: 236, 250, 604, and 778 area codes.

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) makes decisions regarding new area codes.

Area code 672 will serve the same BC communities that currently use 236, 250, 604, and 778 area codes.

No, your current area code and phone number will not change.

Yes. This addition of “672” will not change the 10-digit dialing process in place. Callers will still need to dial the area code plus the seven-digit phone number for local calls.

No, you do not need to dial 1 before making a local call. You only need to dial “1” before the area code if it's a long distance call.

Existing 3-digit numbers such as 911, 611 and 411 will not be affected.

Area code 672 will be introduced on May 4, 2019.

Eastlink will distribute numbers from the 236, 250, 604, and 778 area codes, until those have been depleted.

Once the new 672 area code becomes available, the distribution of numbers with a 672 or current 236, 250, 604, and 778 area codes will be done interchangeably.

Customers requesting a new number will not be able to reserve or request a specific area code.

Yes, two different people within BC could potentially have the same phone number but different area codes. Customers will need to use the correct area code when placing calls.