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Area code 512 serves Austin, Texas and surrounding suburbs. The 512 area code is one of the original 86 area codes created by AT&T and the Bell System in 1947 under the North American Numbering Plan.
Under the North American Numbering Plan, each individual telephone number in the United States and Canada is assigned a seven-digit telephone number and a three-digit regional prefix. These seven-digit sequences are unique only within their respective area codes. The can be repeated in other area codes.
The area, central office, and station code form a complete 10 digit telephone number. This applies to both cell phone and landline numbers.
Mexico does not participate in the North American Numbering Plan. All phone companies in the US and Canada do adhere to the numbering plan formatting.
Seven-digit (local format) allows a caller to dial a local number without including its area code. In most of the US and Canada, 10-digit dialling is mandatory. For international calling, the North American Numbering Plan uses the international code +1.
Austin 512 originally served central and southern Texas. 512 was split in 1999 due to depletion, which required some numbers to be upgraded to the 361 area code. The overlay code 737 was created in 2013 and serves the combined area.
Locations covered by 512 include Austin, Bastrop, Buda, Burnet, Cedar Park, Elgin, Georgetown, Kyle, Lampasas, Leander, Lockhart, Pflugerville, Rockdale, Round Rock, San Marcos, Smithville, Taylor, and Wimberley.
Austin is the state capital of Texas. It's known for its music scene and has been nicknamed the "Live Music Capital of the World." Outdoor recreation is popular with Austin residents and visitors alike; hiking, biking, swimming and boating are all common activities. All locations within the 512 area code are part of the Central Time Zone.
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