What Geographic Region Does the 202 Telephone Area Code Service?


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In 2015, 202 is the area code that services the city of Washington D.C. Because there are no current plans to overlay an additional area code in the city, Washington D.C. is one of the largest cities remaining in the United States where seven-digit dialing is still possible in 2015.

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Assigned to Washington D.C. in October, 1947 by the North American Numbering Plan Administration, 202 is one of the original area codes. Since rotary phones were in use at the time, major metropolitan areas were assigned low numbers to reduce the number of clicks necessary for dialing. The Internal Revenue Service has warned consumers that numbers from the area code are used for telephone fraud, since caller ID identifies the call as originating in Washington D.C.

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