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617 is a Massachusetts area code. The 617 area code was one of the original area codes assigned in 1947 by the North American Numbering Plan administration. The NANP is still used today, for the purpose of formatting telephone numbers in the United States and Canada.
Each phone number in the United States and Canada is assigned a seven-digit telephone number. This is true for both landline and cell phone numbers. These seven-digit strings are unique only within their respective area codes and can be repeated in other locations.
Seven-digit calling lets a caller dial a local number without including its area code. This has been retired in most regions as overlay codes were added. An “overlay” is a new area code that is implemented to cover the same geographical region as an existing area code. Overlay codes are commonly used when existing codes begin to run out.
617 Boston is overlaid by 857, which was added in 2001 to provide additional area codes. The authorities responsible added it to prevent the original area code from being fully depleted.
Locations covered by 617 include Greater Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Logan Airport, Milton, Newton, Quincy, Somerville, Watertown, and Winthrop.
Massachusetts in one of the smallest states in the US. In terms of size, it is larger than Hawaii but smaller than Vermont. Originally, Massachusetts started out with just two area codes: 413 and 617. Currently, Massachusetts has nine codes and four overlay plans.
Since the introduction of the 857 overlay in 2001, ten-digit local dialing has been made mandatory for Boston numbers.
To make a local call to a 617 number, it must be entered as 617 plus the 7-digit telephone number.
To make long-distance calls within United States, the national format is required. This is called 11-digit dialing, and includes the trunk code +1. So an international call to a 617 number will be formatted as +1 617 xxx xxxx.
Boston is famous for Fenway Park, the Boston Marathon, and the Red Sox baseball team. It's also notable for its historical significance in the American Revolution. The time zone for area code 617 is Eastern Time. The population of Boston is just over 700,000 residents.
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