Starting August 5, 2017 Idahoans will have to dial the entire 10 digit number when placing local calls.  That's because the 208 area code will now have a partner.  Yup... a new area code kicks off in just a few weeks.


The new area code is 986 and they will be issued out starting September 5, 2017.  The 208 numbers are just about all used up so this new area code should help with the problem.  All those who currently have 208 numbers will keep their numbers.  It's only new phone numbers that will be issued the 986 area code.


One of the down sides is you'll now have to punch in the 1 plus the area code to make local calls.  For more information please check out the Idaho Public Utilities Commission website.