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Southeastern NC could see new 472 area code this fall

North Carolina regulators say a new 472 area code assigned to future phone service in southeastern North Carolina could begin getting issued as soon as this fall. The new code will serve the same geographic area currently served by the 910 area code, which is running out of available numbers. Current 910 phone numbers won’t have to change. The state Utilities Commission says the 472 code would apply to new services or additional lines and may be assigned starting Oct. 7. But it could be later because 910 numbers may not be fully exhausted until early next year.