The 518 Has A New Step-Brother: 838

The leaves aren’t the only changes coming to Upstate New York. Beginning in 2017,  another area code will be implemented along with 518, now officially the 838.

As if it wasn’t enough to try and handle Brad and Angelina breaking up, we now have to deal with our famous 518 area code getting a new step-brother. Change can be tough, heck, I’m still not over Skittles changing the green flavor from lime to apple, but I suppose the change is a necessity.



“We needed to create a new area code because of strong and robust demand for telecommunication services,” commission chair Audrey Zibelman said in a statement. “With the creation of the new 838 area code, eastern New York is well-positioned to accommodate future growth in this important sector of the economy, and it will ensure that local telephone service remains efficient.”

The change comes after a long debate whether or not to just split the current 17 regions using the area code and make half change to the new 838, or just make all new numbers created to start using 838. To stop an area code turf war breaking out, they decided that all new numbers in the third quarter of 2017 will be given the new look. This should also help cut down on the amount of “new number, who dis?” texts being sent.

So really this will only affect tweens who are receiving their first cell phone around that time, and drug dealers who change their numbers often. As long as you don’t change your number you can keep the original 518. Which is great news for anyone who got “518” tattooed on their body because now they won’t have to look ridiculous.

When the new area code is issued to new numbers, anyone who wishes to dial the new number will have to use all 10 digits when entering it in their phone. As pain inducing as that sounds to my fingers, at least I’ll be able to hold on to my beloved 518 area code.

I’m also going to take this time to claim this joke as of today’s date. If she’s got an 838 area code, she’s too young for you bro.




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