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Starting this weekend, Central Coast phone users within the 805 area code will need to dial 10 or 11 digits to make every phone call. Calls using just seven digits won’t go through, and callers will hear an error message if they forget to include the area code. 

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In late May the California Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved an “area code overlay,” meaning phone companies will start issuing numbers with a new area code on the Central Coast - and beyond - starting in the summer of 2018. 

KCBX News, Randol White

The Central Coast is well known for being “The 805” based on our area code. There’s even a popular beer named to reflect that fact.

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Public meetings are scheduled later this summer to discuss an upcoming change to the 805 area code.

The availability of 805 prefixes is expected to run out by December of 2018. As a result... the California Public Utilities Commission wants to add an area code overlay within the 805 service zone by June of that year, roughly two years from now.