Hold The Phone, Austin. Get ready to change the way you dial your calls.

Move over 512, a new area code is coming to Central Texas. Due to the rising number of people, traffic and numbers, those three numbers that have represented Austin for over 60 years has new competition. Each area code handles roughly eight million numbers before it is time to issue an overlay; and, seeing that SXSW always manages to leave unwanted stragglers, our one of a kind city with its one of a kind area code is no more.  According to CNN, Austin’s population has increased 51.1% from 2000 to 2010.

Beginning June 1, 2013, those who currently have the, much loved, (512) area code will have to dial (512) or (737) before making a call. Simply dialing seven digits will result in having to kindly hang up and try again. Phone companies suggest Austinites begin this December 1, 2012, as a way to acquire a comfortableness in using the new dialing procedure, come Summer 2013.

The remaining numbers available in the (512) area code aren’t set to run out until late 2013; therefore, for those who wish to change their numbers, but want to keep the beloved (512), it is suggested to do it sooner rather than later. How much growth can Austin absorb before it becomes so congested it destroys the vibe, which draws residents in, in the first place? In other words, is Austin becoming, well, normal?

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