TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Northwest Florida is getting a new area code.
The decision was made Tuesday by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator, which oversees telephone numbering.
We should be seeing a new area code by the middle of the year 2021.
The new number is 448.
Don't worry, those of with the current 850 area code will get to keep their phone numbers. Any new phones starting at that time will get the new 448 area code.
The reason behind the new area code, officials say, is because we're running out of phone numbers.
Regulators say that's partly because everyone has a cell phone these days.
Long gone are the days where there was one home number per household.
"Cell phones are the new era. Everyone has to have one, basically, or you're not going to be able to really do much because everything is related around technology now," said Tallahassee resident Brooke Sherman.
The current 850 area code goes from Escambia County, which is the Pensacola area, across Northwest Florida over to Jefferson and Madison counties.
When 448 is added to our area, all local calls in the region will require you to dial all ten digits.
"I think it's definitely strange to have two because we're such a small town and to now have enough population of technology for two area codes, is a little insane. But I think it's good, it controls our communication with each other," said Avery Zubaly, a Tallahassee resident.
Central Florida will also get a new area code.