"The 408 area code, covering primarily Santa Clara County, is forecast to require a new area code by the fourth quarter 2012," according to the CPUC. The new 669 area code was deemed necessary because all of the available 408 numbers were expected to be assigned by the end of the year.
According to the CPUC, no one with a current 408 number will be asked to change their area code. However, beginning in November, those living within the 408 area code and seeking a new phone number will be assigned one with a 669 prefix.
The 408 area code comprises the cities of San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and a portion of Palo Alto, along with other smaller municipalities, according to the CPUC.
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