If you live south of about Lanoka Harbor, you probably have a 609 area code, the second oldest in the state, only behind 201.

The only problem with a 60-year-old area code is the fact that it will eventually run out of numbers.

In fact, "eventually" is  more like "before the end of this year".

With critical mass right around the corner, next month new phone numbers in south Jersey will be assigned a new area code - 640.

If you already have a 609 area code, it's not going to go away, but one change will be that you'll have to dial the full 10 digit phone number, even within the same area code (which, if we're being honest I think most people do these days anyway).

It really wasn't that long ago that the Garden State only had two area codes that firmly delineated north and south Jersey - 201 north of Trenton, and 609 to the south.

Then, the 90s rolled around, and so did cell phones, fax machines (remember those?), and dial up internet services, and we went from 2 area codes to 9 in only 10 years.

So, be proud of your 609 phone number!

It's not only one of the oldest in New Jersey, but one of the oldest in the whole country, and pretty soon it'll be a closed club that won't be accepting new members.

You can read more about the upcoming 609/640 overlay from the Press of Atlantic City by clicking here.


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